Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Flicks: The Truman Show

I'm a huge fan of Jim Carrey. I love his style of comedy. My best J.C. movies -- Bruce Almighty, The Majestic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fun with Dick and Jane, The Yes Man.

The Truman Show 1998 is his best quasi-dramatic performance. The concept for this show was brilliant. A TV show about a real person who has no idea his life is fake. Everyone he knows, every person he meets, the world he lives in --- all fake. Philosophically, we're dealing with Fatalism vs. Free will and Man (Cristof) as God. Carrey's performance was spectacular. He played Truman with the perfect balance of humor and tragedy.




4 comments:

Belle said...

I loved this movie. I found it so interesting and touching.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Belle: It was a masterpiece. I can't believe they marketed it as a comedy...it's much more than that. Of course there was humor, but overall, it was a poignant story and I was appalled that Christof would destroy a person's life like that. So so wrong. Similar to the idea of The Village.

Craig Edwards said...

It's a really good movie, for sure. The image of the boat hitting the sky is still in my head after all these years. For another movie that explores some of the same ideas - made years earlier - see if you can track down Paul Bartel's short film The Secret Cinema, which was also I think remade as a Steven Spielberg Amazing Stories episode. You pick well, Luana! Thanks for the post!

Name: Luana Krause said...

Craig: I know what you mean about the boat scene. The climax of this movie was very satisfying. Everyone in the theatre was rooting for Truman. I was so glad when Truman walked through that door at the end. Yes, I will check out The Secret Cinema. It's on my list. Thanks!