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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…
Ingenious! Not only is the premise inspiring and thoughtful, but the final product works on every imaginable level.
Director Peter Weir masterfully juggles Andrew Niccol's witty script that features societal commentary, science-fiction, situational comedy, romantic drama and a larger-than-life role of Truman Burbank, played by Jim Carrey in his best performance.
Upon first viewing, you're often wondering, "Where is this movie going to take me next?" The layers and emotion run deep and aplenty, while the laughs (and tears) pile on.
Carrey is a revelation, and "The Truman Show" is truth once again that this man is a talent beyond words.
Cinema doesn't get better than this.
That was deep as FUCK.
It's like 1984, but less scary and more uplifting. It's a film of two halves - the first, a comedic romp and the second a narrative on the power of the media and the rebellion against it. With one of the most powerful and recognisable shots in cinema: this film is unmissable.
I love the whole idea of the movie. I love Jim Carrey. One of the best comedians/comedy of all time.
They don't make 'em like this anymore. It's rare to watch a concept that you've never thought would be brought to life and have it be executed in a way that is captivating to an audience. The Truman Show is one of a kind in my eyes. It's probably the best I've seen Jim Carrey and I like that Jim Carrey.
The Truman Show is about a man named Truman Burbank (Carrey), who grew up in front of the whole world without him even knowing. One day, he realizes that the life he's been living isn't what it really is. He then figures out a way to escape his made up reality and enter the real world that we all…
We the audience the real stars of The Truman Show.
"We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented."
Although I believe Andrew Niccol wrote a better film about the triumph of human spirit the year before. "Gattaca" in 1997, "The Truman Show" still holds up as a superior piece of 1990s Hollywood entertainment. Perfectly paced film that's all about characters and ideas. Media, television, free will and faith are all explored beautifully.
Although the script is great, we shouldn't underestimate the
direction of Peter Weir. He makes the film feel truly unique and fresh. With great cinematographer Peter Biziou they use hidden cameras very creatively and the music by Burkhard Dallwitz and Philip Glass makes everything gel so perfectly. Add on top of that a great production…
Filme OK. Bem interpretado por Jim Carrey e com uma ótima fotografia, porém o roteiro e a ideia geral deixam a desejar.
Seems fitting that Jim Carrey would be trapped in a bubble full of vapid cheerfulness that he can't get out of.
The Truman Show is just a fantastic film. Sure there are lots of plot holes but if you just forget about them and take this film for what it is, it is great. The concept is so original and Peter Weir makes it work so well. It is funny and heartbreaking and I am very glad I saw it again.
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