The film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Michel Gondry in 2004 is a movie that people either love or hate. Critics commonly ranted about it, although some moviegoers thought it to be confusing, pretentious and some went as far as saying it was boring. Those who like the film admitted that they have seen the film multiple times. Appreciation from critics and fans are probably based on the sensitive and creative direction of Gondry, plus the script from Charlie Kaufman, the beautifully downhearted score by Brion, and the remarkable performances from all the actors.
It is not foolish to propose that the philosophy of this film aided it to attain the cult-like status it now enjoys. The film explores philosophical ideas very effectively, and also offers much more in a sequence discovering these ideas, it obliquely offers a philosophical position. It does not just raise certain deep questions, it proposes answers. It is a film and the position that is signaled at, does not come to us by way of an unambiguous argument, it can be unloaded and fortified.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a phenomenal story about people who have access to unusual and authoritative technology. Thanks to the work of one Doctor and his company Lacuna, several characters can undergo a process to delete memories, have people erased. This lessens the sorrow of painful memories. Watching the film makes it hard not to dwell on the opportunity obtainable to the characters. If one could choose to erase someone, would you? And then even if you would not elect to experience such a procedure, do you think that sort of choice should be open to others?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind is wonderfully subtle and nuanced, it doesn’t offer easy or clear answers to questions. Nevertheless, the sense from the film is that the memory removal technology showed in the movie fails to allow for the eternal sunshine that was denoted in its title. Could someone leave those in the theater believing that such technology is a good thing?
Many feel the approach considered is spontaneous in many ways, or somehow too unpolished. The concern is that the technique can dependably maximize happiness as a whole and minimize ones suffering there is still something short. Memory elimination seems challenging, a loss may befallen even though we cannot elucidate it in terms of lost usefulness or happiness. Eternal Sunshine seems so upsetting by considering a classic example, often used to increase doubts about the pleasure-seeking expectations that lie behind traditional utilitarianism.
Granting that voluntary removal of memories might seem to clash with the value that people place on knowing the truth about themselves, about the world. It is quite natural for people to think originally that this procedure cannot harm the person if it reduces unpleasantness.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, unlike science-fiction movies, is not in love with new technology, quite the reverse, here the memory removal technique is presented as a tempting but almost foolish and dangerous tool.
Memory removal comprises of sacrifice, it conflicts between the value of reliability and the value of serenity. It’s a sacrifice that comprises of significant loss, but in certain circumstances, this loss may be outweighed by the gain made. The happiness, freedom, and mental health. Our responsibility to remember can be undermined by the extremely incapacitating effects of severe trauma and, in such cases, it would be quite cruel to refuse support to the person who is distressed.