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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…
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…
What a fantastic movie! I can't believe I've never watched this earlier. It did have a couple logical inconsistencies, but otherwise it did everything right.
A very unique film that is excellently written and excellently acted. I really enjoyed this film.
The entire concept of this film is so unique and mindblowing, along with the cinematography. I've personally been to Seaside, Florida where the film was shot and honestly it could not have been filmed in a better place. Beautiful composition and coloring. Jim Carrey does a great job with Truman.
"We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented"
Isn't this film full of home-truths? After The Truman Show, came a show called Big Brother - where we can see what happens when you put a bunch of people in a house (sometimes celebrities), and you can see all of their happenings on television. This show also created it's own delusion ("you know you've made it when you have a disease named after you"). This is another fine addition directed from the brilliant Peter Weir, and it was a pleasure watching this cute, and homecoming performance from Jim Carrey.
Otra película de mi infancia que tampoco voy a valorar. Para mí es maravillosa.
My favorite Charlie Kaufman movie that Charlie Kaufman never made.
With the worst acid reflux
Brilliantly written, fantastic performances by Jim Carrey and Ed Harris. Great score by Phillip Glass and Cinematography by Peter Biziou. It's an absolutely brilliant movie and I like how it changes tones about halfway through, never feels like a comedy or a drama but hugs the middle.
This movie is about a TV show that follows Truman. It has always followed Truman, from his birth, to his graduation, to his wedding. They built a fake city around him, so they can control everything. Truman doesn't know he's there, but he's about to find out.
I really thought this movie was creative, and they pulled it off well. Jim Carrey's performance was outstanding.
The concept of having millions of cameras to document his whole life isn't very realistic, but it's possible. The thing that killed it for me, is when they said the control center is in the moon. I'm not sure if that's the real moon or the fake moon, but it just killed it. The rest of the movie, was great, sure, but I just can't get over that moon thing. Overall, great movie, if you need something to watch, it's there!
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