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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 n 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…
I had a ‘Truman Show’ moment once. I was heading home via the train after a long day at work and was looking out the window as the carriage slowed to a crawl. A little off in the distance was a field, and on it were lots of guys spread across its length playing football – only they weren’t! Nobody was running, kicking, heading or even moving. They were stood as still as lamps. Strange, they were even looking over in our direction…..my direction (or so it seemed). I put my head to the window for that marginal closer look thinking how unnerving the whole thing appeared, like the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse ala Dawn of the Dead, but…
Oh, if only every high-concept movie were one-fifth as accomplished as this one.
I saw some parallels here, relating to the story of Oedipus. Not as much a tragedy, of course, nor as negative, but in the interest of seeking the truth, no matter how horrifying it may be. It's always best to live a life of truth and reality rather than a lie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I haven't seen this since it was released theatrically, and my prevailing feeling for it was that it was a bit of a let down. But I wanted to check it out again to see if my opinion would change. Well, not really. The story is very good, and it manages to behave really intelligently at some parts. Like it treats the audience with respect in realising what is going on. But, a lot of the time it is doing the opposite, and hitting you over the head to get its point across. My feeling is there is subtlety in the writing but the direction is where the issue lies. Not just the heavy-handedness but it also seemed quite flat.…
Fifteen years on, and Peter Weir's The Truman Show holds up as a prescient look at reality television. Take away the high concept of Jim Carrey's Truman being filmed from birth in a constructed sound-stage where everyone is actors, and The Truman Show is a sharp take on a character's route to self-awareness.
Although the film's internal logic throws up a few too many questions - including why it took Truman so long to start to question everything around him - it consistently works as an effective love story and sly comedy. From Truman's wife Meryl's (Laura Linney)'s increasingly desperate product placement plugs, to the worldwide audience's mix of fanaticism and indifference, Weir's film is both a cautionary reality television fable and a reminder of the genre's superficiality.
"Was nothing real?"
"You were real. That's what made you so interesting to watch."
I liked "The Truman Show" when I first saw it, theatrically, in the summer of 1998, and I've revisited it a few times since, but I don't think I've ever been as blown away by it as I was this time. It's such a fascinating, moving, profound and philosophically dense film. It's about reality television and our fascination with it (though was reality television even a thing in 1998? If anything, I believe there may have been a handful of shows) but that's so boring compared to all the deeper themes with which "The Truman Show" concerns itself. It's about free will and religion and paranoia.…
Didn't appreciate this masterpiece the first time around. This time? Holy crap, 'The Truman Show' is pure genius. Jim Carrey "carries" (haha) an incredible hour and a half that is hilarious and poignant in the same breath. Also, the pacing really hit me this time around. Its got to be some of the best I've ever seen. And the closing line culminates everything into a resounding, gut-busting fact of entertainment:
"Yeah, that was good. What else is on?"
made me laugh, cry, grin, shake maniacally, vomit, commit 15 criminal offenses, levitate, drive my parents car all the way to joe biden's house and kiss him passionately
This was a masterpiece. But, weirdly enough, a masterpiece that could've been ten times better than it was. Never once did they seriously tackle the scarring this would have on Truman and his psyche; and the fact that he would suddenly be introduced into a world that he's never known and will struggle with being incredibly recognisable because everyone has been watching his entire life from his birth.
I don't know, that bugged the fuck out of me -- but regardless. For what it is, it's a goddamn marvel of cinema. Such a cool concept, and a supreme execution. Even if it didn't hit all its marks, it still hit on what it intended to do. And I think it…
"It isn't always Shakespeare, but it's genuine. It's a life."
This films really feels just as relevant, if not more so today. Reality TV is all over the place today. Careers are born from it. Who would have thought that we would actually come close to a real life version of The Truman Show? What am I talking about? Take a look at Youtube. At vlogging. If you look up Shay Carl or Charles Trippy on youtube, you can find years worth of these peoples lives. Daily videos made by them, chronicling their day to day lives. Sure, we get mundane things, like family get-togethers and shopping trips, but we also get the big things. We've seen marriages, divorces, kids…
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