The Truman Show Reviews
"On the air. Unaware."
The Truman Show may have one of the most genius premises ever for a film. There's, especially today, always this fear of being watched. With all the paranoia about our phone calls and texts being sold to the government and with cameras everywhere and anywhere, it's a common part of our everyday. So with The Truman Show, we view a protagonist whose whole existence is a tv show. He's been on the air for thirty years, since his birth and he doesn't even know it.
Truman is a married, insurance agent. That's his "character" in the tv show, The Truman Show, that he stars as. The show was created by Christof, and everyone in the town he lives in is in on it. They are all actors. Truman is beginning to suspect all this and just wants to find the girl who he really wants to be with. But the show controls his life without his even knowing it.
This film is pretty much flawless. It's well thought out and just keeps getting better as it goes on, while many movies with great premises like this run out of steam near the end. The Truman Show is a perfect example, that great writing is what makes a movie great. Sure Peter Weir is legendary director and his work here is among his best, but what makes this movie so good, is definitely the screenplay. Also you gotta love Jim Carey in movies like this. This is where he thrives.
So if you haven't seen The Truman Show, it is a must watch. It's nonstop fun, intelligent entertainment. The story has good ideas present at every turning point, and just when you think the movie has reached as good of quality as it can, it introduces something else that makes it even better. This is a masterpiece and it would be a shame to miss a film like this one.
The Truman Show is smart, unique, touching, and completely ahead of it's time. The filming style and the different camera angles really set the film apart and give it an authentic "reality T.V." feel, even though reality television wasn't that big at that time. Director Peter Weir really did a great job with this one!
The screenplay was very excellent! It gives the film a higher level of charm and individuality. The film's story is in the "comedy drama" genre, so the script easily could have been a mess. But The Truman Show was brilliantly written and is able to deliver smart, sweet, humorous moments, but also deliver thought provoking commentary.
In fact, I think that's one of the best attributes of the film. It is deep...deeper than alot of people realize. I think it delivers powerful commentary that is worthy of a serious viewing...
The performances were good all across the board. Jim Carrey gives a fantastic performance as the main character, Truman Burbank. He's such a talented comedian, but he is also a worthy dramatic performer. He's able to do both here, so it's an even more well-rounded performance. Laura Linney also does a great job, she's one of my favorite actresses and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance. Ed Harris gives a phenomenal performance as the creator of the show, Christof. He recieved much praise for his performance, including an Oscar nomination, but I still feel this performance slipped under the radar. Truly, a wonderful performance.
The Truman Show: A brilliant, brilliant film! Smart, fresh, funny, tragic, thought-provoking...excellent! Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor, everyone needs to see this movie. One of my all time favorites!
Jim Carrey, mainly known as a funny fan turned in a more serious role here, during a time when he began to dabble with something other than just pure comedy. He's great. He gives a sensitive and moving performance as a poor schmuck whose whole life has been a TV show without him ever knowing. Ed Harris is brilliant as the mastermind behind it all, and I really like Laura Linney and Natascha McElhone in their respective roles as players in on the charade.
This is not a horror film or thriller, but God knows it certainly could be. While the movie is all cheery and mostly light-hearted, there are shades of a really dark underbelly. Despite how the scenario is played, this is really a pretty scary concept.
As I recall, this was fairly well recieved by critics and audiences (especially critics), but I feel that it is really beginning to get the true appreciation it deserves given what I had previously mentioned about all that has taken place since this was first released. I don't want a situation like this to happen in real life, but I fear that it's probably an inevitability. The line between entertainment and intrusion needs to be drawn, and, while this film isn't super preachy, it works very well as a cautionary tale.