Friday, 26 August 2011

The Spin-Off 2.4


Wherein I imagine sequels, prequels and spinoffs that Hollywood would never think of, but which are probably better than the ones they do come up with...
    

Michael Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is still oen of the most fascinating film of the last decade and the love for it usually falls on Kate, Gondry and Jim in that order. But, the film is such a thematically rich one that there’s so much to appreciate about it that often seems to get swept under the rug. Even though it’s Joel and Clementine’s story they’re not the ones who refer to the film’s title. It’s Mary, one of the staff of Lacuna who almost sycophantically alludes to it to impress her boss. And, there’s a large volume of back-story that’s only touched. It’s one of the reasons that the film is so impressive, all the characters seem so authentic – and wouldn’t it be lovely to see what really happened with Dr. Mierzwiak and Mary.
 

The thing is, one of the reasons this arc interests me is because of the adorable Mark Ruffalo playing Stan who has a thing for Mary. There’s a bit of a one-two punch in the movie when Mary remembers what she’s forgotten and then when Stan tries to comfort. It’s so interesting because we’re already invested in the main romance, but Gondry (and his cast) are talented enough to make us feel as much for the supporting players without detracting from the main arc. Lacuna is intent on making all those memories which only means that they’ve got a hoard of good stuff stashed somewhere in their files. I say we dig up on dirt on Dr. Mierzwiak, Mary and Stan and make us a brilliant prequel.

Who’s with me?

4 comments:

Colleen said...

Yes, I'm with you on this one! Funny that you mention this because a couple of weeks ago I came home from work and my daughter had randomly put this on (raised her right!). I was thinking the exact same thing while re-watching it. Really, how did these two fall in love? It's an interesting side story. Plus, not only does she say the title, her actions are responsible for climax. All the supporting roles were top-notch in this.

Robert said...

Me too! Mark Ruffalo is sooo adorable in this movie and Kirsten Dunst gives such a unique and really lovely performance. Even though they're not the focus of the film, the amount they're able to accomplish with their roles makes the film just that much more successful.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

colleen indeed, you have trained her well. and yes, the supporting roles are all ace.

robert so glad to see some love for kiki.

Nick Prigge said...

Heaven help me, I love this idea! When I finally take over a movie studio, this is getting greenlit pronto.