The Truman Show
On the air. Unaware
Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows--including his wife and his best friend -- is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.
If ever a satirical comment was made about what we are as human beings without being vaguely poetic or annoyingly crass about it, it is to be found in The Truman Show.
This is by no means an intelligent satire, but it is a smart one, which in telling a story like this is very important. Weir paces his film perfectly and unravels and de-constructs Truman's world in a meticulous and deliberate way, which is helped by Niccol's superb script. I do not use that word lightly, as this script nears storytelling perfection.
Another thing that Weir manages to do is reign in the insanity of Jim Carrey. This man is such a dichotomy. Here he shows how unbelievably gifted…
Another family movie experience, this time no trauma. The 11- and 8-year olds were both riveted; Sophie was so plugged in that when they were trying to find Truman in the dark she said, "Why don't they just turn on the lights?" Cue the sun!
I can't figure why I didn't appreciate this movie more when I saw it back in '98. Save one crucial Jim Carrey line reading that still feels false ("You were never inside my head"), and the somewhat curious decision to not fully introduce Christoph sooner even though the walls of his perfectly constructed facade are crumbling long before a renegade character reintroduces himself to Truman, it all works -- the Director/God-Star/Adam parallels, the TV satire…
I have only a handful of loves in my life- my wife and children, my pets, a select few true friends, and cinema.
Cinema has been with me for as far back as I remember, staring wide eyed up at a seemingly immense screen as a small boy, parading its wares and taking me to times and places I would never have imagined. Having seen literally thousands of movies, it takes something truly special to make a list of my favouries of all time.
The Truman Show is one of those.
Every second of it is pure celluloid magic. It oozes brilliance from every scene, from every word. It is cobbled together from some siezmic alchemy that only when the…
There's a scene in The Truman Show- a little more than halfway through- in which Christoff, the creator of an entire artificial world to serve the needs of one individual to entertain the real world through television, metaphorically rubs a monitor showing Truman, our protagonist, sleeping. Chistoff rubs his forehead when Truman stirs, then Truman goes back to sleep. It's after this scene that the film transcends into greatness for me.
But that's not saying that everything before this scene is bad. In fact, the film is simultaneously funny, moving, tragic, ambiguous, and thought-provoking. It juggles all of this, but never betrays the story. It has plenty of humorous moments and thoughtful existential questions, but all are handled in a…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Every time I watch The Truman Show, I go in telling myself "I will not cry this time." I'm still waiting to follow my own advice.
Weir and Carrey take you from wonder at this amazingly timeless universe Truman lives in, to horror at what is actually going on, to almost unbearable frustration at Truman's continuously thwarted attempts to discover the truth, to depression as Truman's entire life is washed away as a fallacy, and finally to ecstatic joy as Truman displays unbelievable courage, dedication, and bravery to step out that door into the unknown. Without any knowledge of what may be on the other side, he steps through, knowing that a comfortable life of lies is worthless when compared…
they make you watch this, too, in high school. and i think the director really thought he was clever. he wasnt though
"In case I don't see you... good afternoon, good evening, and good night."
Watched as part of my "100 Movies to See Before You Die" Challenge.
#2 of 100
The Truman Show is just one of the million movies everyone else has seen that I hadn't, but something particularly interesting happened when I was watching this film I've been hearing about for years. I realized about 15 minutes in that the town of Seahaven looked insanely familiar. Then I realized that it was actually Seaside, Florida which is a little more than an hour's drive east of the town I grew up in. I remember going there a couple of times as a child and even then being completely put off by how artificial it was. It was utterly surreal to watch Jim…
It is still utterly brilliant.
Tiene un argumento bastante novedoso para la época, una sátira muy entretenida de ver, donde la gente es capaz de manipular una vida humana desde su nacimiento por pura diversión.
El tiempo pasa volando. Tiene buena cinematografía, y la producción no está mal, aunque pudo ser mejor. Tampoco me quejo de Jim Carrey ni el resto de las actuaciones secundarias, y el guión tiene ciertas líneas resaltantes.
"We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented, it's as simple as that."
I went into this film knowing little to nothing about it, and I think that's the best way to watch The Truman Show. Not only does the film harshly criticise reality TV, it does so in a memorable way through compelling performances and a genuine connection with the title character. My only critique of this film would be the way its world is explored - the opportunities seem endless, but the director only scratches the surface.
Ah, this was excellent. The story is so devastatingly brilliant a bunch of amateurs could have pulled it off and still conveyed a lot of meaning. Thankfully that wasn't the case, and although I didn't particularly enjoy Carrey's performance, the rest of the production was great. Truly great cinema, and something that couldn't be shown any other way.
While it's certainly not as good as the other great film starring Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), it still delivers an intriguing and unique story. Very entertaining as well, with a superb ending.