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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…
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…
I lost my virginity to this movie. No, not "while watching" the movie, I mean I literally had sex with this movie.
"Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!" (Truman Burbank)
I rewatched this seriously doubting it's really as good as I thought I remembered it to be. Through the first minutes, I kept doubting it, but in the end I thought wow it's as good and even better.
From something strange and awkward, by ways of something crazy and interesting, this builds into something with a huge emotional impact that you can't disconnect yourself from.
Jim Carrey's performance goes from cheesy and irritating to great and captivating. As far as the supporting perfomers go, I'd like to point out Noah Emmerich, who has played many ambiguos characters like here in many films,…
3 things will happen when I watch this seminal film.
1. I will notice something I have never noticed before.
2. I will cry.
3. It will be better than last time.
What I noticed this time around, is the subtle relationship between the fringe extras (the ones who don't get to interact with him every day) and Truman. To them, he is a major celeb spot. They are wide eyed and excited when they seem him, all the while trying to remain in character. Best example is when the state troopers bring Truman home after he tries to run through 'a leak at the power plant'. As they talk to Meryl at the door, the dejected Truman sits off…
"How's It Going To End?"
That question follows me long after I finished watching The Truman Show. Many other questions followed me too, but none such as the previously mentioned. It's something we can apply to any situation. It's something that follows the characters of this film. Two in particular: Truman Burbank(Jim Carey)and Christof(Ed Harris). Truman Burbank lives in a perfect, quaint seaside community that seems to be stuck in the nineteen fifties. He has a routine that he follows everyday, including a catchphrase he repeats every morning. If you know this movie you know it. Turns out Truman's life is a perfectly scripted TV show created by Cristof. These two men wonder what will happen if it ends. For…
I think I've come to the party too late, make that 16 years too late. The Truman Show is about a guy whose life is being filmed 24 hours a day with a monumental invasion of privacy. I wasn't sure going in, however I needn't of worried, a great idea for a film and a very enjoyable one at that.
The plot is so good!
I did not get to see this in the theater though I wanted to. I caught it on video very quickly, though, and enjoy several aspects. One is the increasing totalization of reality TV, which still seemed annoyingly novel when the movie came out. The sort of vision offered by the film now seems almost trite in comparison to the takeover of so much real entertainment on computer, the internet, etc.
Ed Harris seems even more impressive than the last time I watched. Laura Linney is always so compelling and attractive but skillfully manages to be unnerving as the actress trying to portray a committed and loving wife.
Jim Carrey feels like a mediocre comic actor in general and I…
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