I never watched In Living Colour when Jim Carrey was on it. My first meeting with the funny man was in Ace Venture: Pet Detective. All I assume was that he would be another misc comedian specializing in wacky physical comedy.
Well damn if that statement didn't fall short of the full truth.
The other night I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and in it, I saw a Jim Carrey that has matured well beyond the goofball with the weird hair slick wildly waving his arms around pretending at insanity that seemd to portray half-truth. Where before Jim's physical facial range helped him in land laughs and jobs, IE The Mask, in Eternal Sunshine he used his abilities to describe emotion. I don't think I've ever seen a smile that looks so sincere and ... happy.
The film is about two people that fall in love, then have a fight, and fall out of love. Then a drastic course is set, and the movie begins. Events are shown in reverse chronological order, starting with the fight, and continuing up until their first meeting.
Thinking about that scene, that describe the memory of their first meeting, fills me with emotion as I write this. It was amazing. I loved it. I think the movie could have ended there, and I would have been very satisfied.
To me, the scene said "Fuck the past, and don't worry about tomorrow; we have right now, and neither the past or the future should have any bearing on what happens in this instant. We are the masters of what happens in the now." I think this hit a point in me partially because I feel I often worry about what happens next.
The film continued past the meeting scene, back to present timeline to provide a more complete resolution to everything. I really thought this would ruin the ending. While I did think it lacked the power of the previous scene, I do think the denouement that followed was satisfying. It's perhaps a bit hopeful, but hey, hope's a good thing.