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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.
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…
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.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness. -Pv 11.10
This tongue-in-cheek proverb will make sense to anyone who has seen this jolly, bizarre, and intriguing film. From the subtle advertisements to the fake long-term relationships, this movie is drenched in dark comedy. Truman, the lovable sanguine everyday man, is on display for the world to see. His life is not his own. Since this scenario would create innumerable ethical violations, we enjoy the imagination of videos within videos. Surely, Jim Carey could feel the meta-irony of performing in one of his premier acting roles.
"Let's see what else is on."
This comedy-satire is much more heavy hitting than I remember it being when I first watched it as a teenager. It's a commentary on entertainment, reality, and our lives.
sobre abrir a porta e sair do cenário, da sua zona de conforto.
La primera y última vez que vi esta película, la había alquilado en un videoclub poco después de su lanzamiento en VHS, lo que da una idea del tiempo que ha pasado.
Ahora, en 2014, la he vuelto a ver, ya en Netflix. Y cómo ha cambiado la cosa. Aún con sus fallas, es una pequeña obra maestra que aunque no magistralmente interpretada (no aguanto a Jim Carry) sí que está llevada a cabo de tal manera que emociona.
Mucho color y una banda sonora adecuada a cada momento. Yo no puedo pedir más.
(La compañía también ayudó).
The Truman Show is an original, intellectual, and entertaining film. The best kind of movie, it proves to be many things at once; a commentary on modern television audiences and their insatiable lust for never-ending satisfaction, a satire on advertising and the mass media, a religious allegory, a showcase for Jim Carrey's superb acting talents, and just a plain fun film. The fact that it manages to balance all of these elements while still being wholly accessible is a testament to the brilliant direction and script. I do have to say, though, despite being a fairly intelligent film, I felt like it didn't quite go deep enough with its subject matter. There is a lot more that could have been mined from this scenario, and it's a slight disappointment in that regard.
Overall, though, The Truman Show is a smart, emotional (that bridge scene? Oh man!), frequently hilarious, and just plain fun film!
Somehow managed to made me suspend my disbelief about halfway through, which is a pretty rare thing. Thought it closed out strong, but wish it had had a bit more bite, since the concept is ripe for serious discussion and the comedic stuff wasn't really funny in the first place.
it was an enjoyable watch
A very enjoyable movie that is way more fucked up than it lets itself seem. It's wonderful to see Jim Carrey in a more serious, yet still quirky and silly, film. Probably a close second to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in my book.
Taking elements from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four among other things - and undoubtedly influencing Cabin in the Woods et al. after it - director Peter Weir effectively steps out of the seat and allows the premise's limitlessness to be just that. The Truman Show is one of the last true classics of the twentieth century; it depicts a scenario surely many of us have pondered about our own lives whilst simultaneously delivering a critique that scrutinises our society in much the same way we do each other.
An absolute must-watch.
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