For when that friend asks you to introduce him to some really great films. This list is not meant to…
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 & celeb obsession, and 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…
After having mostly seen movies by Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, and Wes Anderson thee last few weeks, turning to Peter Weir is an interesting experience. The Truman Show is clearly far less polished than these, but it makes up for that with an amazing emotional punch and a fascinating plot.
By the way: The Truman Show does not have an Orwellian plot. I find it rather puzzling that so many people make this connection while seemingly not remembering what 1984 was about.
The Truman show bolsters one of Jim Carries finest performances, an excellent script, and many themes worth pondering over. It's clever, it's funny, and it's deeply rewarding.
Truly makes you realize that we "accept the world as its presented to us." A good film which makes you question your own reality. Makes you understand that we don't put much thought into how our world works.
For some reason, I hadn't seen The Truman Show until tonight, and I expected it to be intelligent, but conventional. Instead, it's deeply weird and philosophical. It never indulges in unearned sentiment and raises profound questions about media manipulation, blind faith, and how society forces us to settle. Oh, and it's really funny with terrific performances.
Great movie Jim Carrey really showed his acting talents in this. And probably one of the best movies I've seen this year. Great premise and great execution, for a overall great movie.
April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #26: A postmodernist film.
The Truman Show is a brilliant comedy, which not only entertains, but also criticizes a negative aspect of modern society: that of shallow consumerism and the fake reality created by the media. Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank, a man trapped inside a fake world crated just for him, where everyone he has ever known is an actor that follows a predefined script. Truman is just a puppet that dances in front of an audience for all of his life. But what happens when the puppet suddenly becomes aware of its strings? Jim Carrey is great in the leading role. His mannerisms help give life and identity to the…
Forced my family to watch it this time lol
I've watched this and Pleasantville back-to-back, and both ask the same question: What happens if you push the boundaries of a manufactured world? The movie starts off on the right foot when Sirius falls out of the sky and onto the street. Soon Truman notices things: random strangers have specific routines, and he's not allowed to leave the island. It's a great show that has you see things from both the audience and Truman's perspective, and in a world before reality TV became the norm.
The idea of a show that follows a person every single day doesn't seem that feasible though. Imagine the costs, not to mention life is rather boring. How do they keep their audience for 30 years?
An utterly perfect film, which deconstructs what it means to be human without sliding into pretentiousness, sappiness, or despair. The narrative is tightly focused, choosing to craft a compelling story which speaks for itself without injecting it with artificial meaning. Jim Carrey's formidable acting talents are in full display, and the final line is so unashamedly human that I'm never sure whether to laugh or cry. Peter Weir's finest film to date. This is how existentialism can (and often should) be done. A simple and lighthearted yet profoundly satisfying motion picture.
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