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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.
Peter Weir’s comedy-drama film managed to gross over four times its $60 million budget when it was released in June 1998. Jim Carrey stars as the title character, an average ordinary human who is unaware that his life is all part of a reality show made to capture human emotion and behavior when put under certain situations. Going in a somewhat more serious tone than his previous films, Carrey is excellently cast in the 103 minute film. The PG rated cast includes Laura Linney as Carrey’s wife, Noah Emmerich as Truman’s best friend, Natascha McElhone as a woman fighting for Truman’s freedom, and Ed Harris as Christof, the creator of the show. The film is also seen as the rise…
Such an inventive, original film. Jim Carrey is a treasure.
i forgot how much i liked this movie. so wacky.
The Truman Show is one of my favourite films that I have seen so far, which feels a little weird looking at the range of great films I have seen.
This film features satirical yet emotional writing from Andrew Niccol, a great story that satirised reality TV before it even existed, great direction from Peter Weir who brings the story to a new level and outstanding performances from Jim Carrey, Laura Linney and Ed Harris.
Absolutely fantastic film!
A very underrated film from Peter Weir. A satire that doesn't hit you to hard, and a comedy that isn't too ridiculous, The Truman show walks a fine line.
Reasons To Love:
#This is a show
Reasons To Hate :
When I was 12 I didn't understand the appeal to this film. It wasn't particularly funny and it wasn't particularly dramatic. It was strange. Watching it again made me realize how much of a masterpiece this is. From a technical and emotional standpoint it is completely intentional and delightful. There is definitely a study to be had on the opening and closing shots.
Great concept. Well executed. Carrey was perfect.
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