Film battle royale:90s vs 00s

By: John Mignelli

March.18.AL.Column.john.page20-2March.28.AL.Column.john.page20-3In a battle that transcends generations, we will be facing off a release from 10 and 20 years ago this March. Representing the ‘90s is The Chase and the 2000s is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Acting: Both movies featured primarily comedic actors (Jim Carrey and Charlie Sheen) in dramatic roles, which is always hard for me to watch. Carrey wasn’t amazing in ESOTSM, but he wasn’t terrible either. Sheen on the other hand seemed a little bit too calm, cool and collected. Especially when having a drawn-out conversation while driving a BMW in cruise control with a swarm of cops on his tail. He simply wasn’t convincing. Kate Winslet also won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in ESOTSM so I guess this one is an evidently simple choice to make.

Point – ESOTSM

Writing/Story: ESOTSM was a pretty creative story, and very intricately woven. One of those movies where absolutely nothing makes sense until a certain point – the “aha” moment, if you will. The Chase was filled with the corniest, most generic 90s action-comedy dialogue I’ve seen, my favourite being, “Chew some gum! Your breath smells like my grandmother’s feet” – Jack Hammond.

Point – ESOTSM

How it holds up in 2014: I could totally see myself watching bits and pieces of The Chase on a week-day morning sometime in the summer when I’m usually watching cheesy movies like that. Truthfully, I don’t know that I would ever watch ESOTSM again unless I was trapped on a date. Additionally, the only part of it that could be remade in 2014 is the scene of Mark Ruffalo and Kirsten Dunst dancing in their underwear to The Clash. Although ESOTSM was a far better movie, I’m giving the nod to The Chase.

Point – The Chase

Winner:

ESOTSM

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