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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.
A straight shot into my all-time favourites, an excellent satire of reality television or celeb obsession & an impressive demonstration of the power of media, The Truman Show is one of the most original, creative & thought-provoking ideas to surface on the silver screen and wonderfully balances its elements of comedy with drama to deliver a cinematic experience that's as entertaining as it is enlightening.
The Truman Show chronicles the life of Truman Burbank whose entire existence has been nothing but a 24x7 running TV show. The city he lives in is a huge studio with hidden cameras everywhere & the people he interacts with on a daily basis are paid actors but when a series of events force him to question the…
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…
Film #82 of Project 90
”We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”
Peter Weir’s smart and stunning Truman Show is not just a simple movie, it is one of those insightful and delicate artistic creations which tries to warn us about a dark future which may not be so distant, and 1998, the penultimate year of the twentieth century was probably the best time to make this. The age of communication not just changed the everyday life of us all but it also changed our very nature and the way we think. Mass media, with their escalating power and influence changed the meaning of concepts such as freedom, morality and identity forever and created a…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Truman Burbank is an entertainment construct raised and nurtured to supply a constant stream of satiating television to millions of viewers. For 30 years, 24 hours a day, Truman's life has been broadcast around the globe. He lives his life not knowing that it is a complete fabrication and that that life is being watched, discussed, and adored. Truman Burbank is an unwitting celebrity in a celebrity-obsessed world from which he lives protected; but what would happen if Truman became aware of the truth of his existence?
In Peter Weir's hands, this premise becomes a rich and fully realized experience. An indictment of a media-saturated, advertisement-driven culture, a commentary on the fickle audience that is in need of a never-ceasing…
A smart, sad reflection on that seated culture that has become a part of our daily lives.
A highlight for both Jim Carrey and Peter Weir. Perfect blend of Carrey's comedic and dramatic abilities.
"Somebody help me, I'm being spontaneous!"
Foreseeing the ways that television would walk in the eternal search for the audience, "The Truman Show" is a little fable about a society that values more the life of a person on television than those who are around you. Any resemblance to the times when reality shows dominate the program schedule of the main stations is not mere coincidence.
You know a film is good when Jim Carrey is not the best thing about it. This film manages thats with the best thing about the film being the premise itself. Sure it is not entirely original but it is definitely (in my opinion) the best version of the 'persons life is being filmed' premise.
Of course Jim Carrey is brlliant in this too. Managing to keep his comedic touch whilst being in a film that is actually quite serious.
I would reccomend this film to anyone since I think it could easily appeal to a wide variety of people. It has the perfect mix of comedy and drama and is generally just a great film
Profundo demais, eu amo o Jim Carrey :c
A true example of beautiful, magnificent storytelling. One of the most compelling, entertaining American studio films I've ever seen, featuring a charismatic and nuanced lead performance from Jim Carrey.
One of the smartest, most poignant and most prescient films of the 90s, and undoubtedly the crowning jewel in Jim Carrey's storied career.
I eventually wore out my VHS copy of this film. It's sublime.
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