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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…
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…
The film clearly appeals to my intellectual vanity when it makes us reflect upon many of the things that are wrong with society! What was done to Truman was truly horrific! If this had happened in real life Truman would be mentally and emotionally damaged for life! They also failed to point out the audience's culpability for the heinous acts committed against Truman!
Regardless of the fact that I'm somewhat frustrated with the film! I completely understand why they chose to play it safe! People don't go to films to deal with social issues they go to be entertained!
Jim Carrey was absolutely brilliant as Truman!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So, Jim Carrey DOES have some acting chops. I was seriously very impressed by him in this film. He very effectively portrayed a man who is slowly beginning to see the artificial cracks in his life. There was a lot riding on his performance to keep the entire situation genuine, and he nailed it.
As for the film itself, I really thought it was wonderful. Funny, tragic, and thought provoking. It has been a while since I found myself rooting so strongly for a protagonist, but I felt almost as caught up in Truman's life as the show's audience in the movie. The story told, while completely extraordinary, is very moving. It's social criticisms on our TV watching habits, while…
It's brilliant, love love love.
Frighteningly becoming more relevant with the recent developments over state surveillance in a variety of countries. Some would argue that Jim Carrey (a star of primarily comedies previously) isn't right for the role but his care free performance ultimately endears Truman to the audience (he certainly does for me) and lifts the film to be highly memorable.
Hilarious and witty, yet also surprisingly poignant and beautiful, Jim Carrey manages to capture both sides of the film while also creating a memorable character.
Great idea about reality TV pushed to the limits. Proof that Jim Carey can act.
The mid 90's to around the mid 2000's of Jim Carey's career is probably in my top three of an actor's career in cinema. The Truman Show is definitely a big highlight in that. What a fucking wonderful film.
i have a crush on jim carrey
"Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!" - Truman Burbank
The Truman Show is a very good satire of the celebrity obsessed culture we find ourselves living in. Reality television has sadly reached the forefront of western society and The Truman Show is perhaps more relevant today than it was back in 1998.
Truman Burbank has been a permanent fixture on the world's TV screens for his entire 30 year existence. The town of Seahaven was created to make his world seem real and even his parents and his wife are actors hired to increase the realism of his being.
Jim Carrey's eccentricity is often to a film's detriment, but there are some occasions where it is a film's strongest ally. He is perfectly suited to the role of Truman Burbank and delivers a performance which makes up for all the average bore he has starred in.
Pretty decent movie. I didn't find too many special things about it, but I did enjoy it.
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