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Full of biopic cliches and, as evidenced by The Nostalgia Critic review, doesn't stick faithfully to its subject matter but Jim Carrey's portrayal of Andy Kaufman and being equal parts funny and touching make Man on the Moon a deep character study that's sure to interest even people who had never heard of Kaufman before.
Captures Andy perfectly. Tells you everything and nothing about Andy.
Ahh, how to capture the late(?) Andy Kaufman in biography form with someone else playing Andy. Jim Carrey did as good a job as anyone could expect, but the script just didn't do enough to illustrate Andy's humanity & what made him a lovable human being. They alluded to his OCD & eccentricity--making him look like a blinking, stammering oddball--but he was so much more than that. A lot of scenes were out of order chronologically, which was obviously done for dramatic effect. But as a Kaufmaniac it kinda annoyed me. And the film was simply too long & boring.
On the other hand, I appreciate the effort in making the movie at all & the fact that so many greats participated. Was awesome seeing DeVito, Carol Kane, Marilu Henner & so many others from Andy's real life show up for him. Courtney Love was an odd choice to play Lynne, but it worked. And Jim really did give his all in this & deserved an award for his performance.
Always interested in the diaphanous division separating madness and genius---the thinnest and bluest of any thing blue line---Forman marshals the same madhouse mayhem as in his best work to capture the enduringly off-kilter, ever-transgressive spirit of Andy Kaufman. Like its complicated subject, the film is not entirely comedic, not entirely truthful, and not even entirely successful in its varied attempts to entertain. But then again, as the movie never fails to remind you, mere entertainment and laughter were not Andy's goal; rather, what he aimed to make his audiences simply feel something, to get in touch with the inner child who might cry as easily as she might laugh, or sing as readily as she might shout in anger. To that end, Andy was a performer about whom the old saw that "you either love him or hate him" was never truer, despite whatever lies he may (or may not) have told, and that would suit him just fine, so long as you felt something, one way or the other.
This is a movie that shows Jim Carey range as an actor as well as presents to us, people that did not have been born yet when kaufman came along. He is or was a genius.
Although the self-imposed death march of Kaufman's career-path itself is difficult to witness; and the acting of Courtney Love is, once again, also difficult to watch, apparently since her character is not a heroin addict, the performance of Jim Carrey is one of several things that yet make watching this movie worthwhile. Mighty Mouse, Elvis, The Great Gatsby and Tony Clifton are some of the others. I'm not sure anyone else but Carrey could have come close to manufacturing such a masterful performance. If this movie interests you, also be sure to check out the documentary "Jim and Andy."
Funny, charming and emotionally gripping. Man on the Moon is fascinating beyong measure and Jim Carrey's performance serves as the cherry on top.
Jim Carrey perfectioned method acting with this masterpiece. He literally became him. This movie is just spot-on.
Jim Carrey gives a phenomenal performance as Andy Kaufman but the film doesn't have much is going for it.
Jim Carrey gives his most dedicated performance of his career and makes for a funny and heartfelt tribute to one of stand-up's most unconventional and eccentric comedians.