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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of method acting in action -- and one star's journey toward something like personal acceptance.
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One of the most powerful metaphors of Jim & Andy is that life itself is a kind of performance.
Jim & Andy finds Carrey in an intriguing place, what he calls "a quiet, gentle seat in the universe."
Smith weaves footage of Kaufman's emergence onto the comedy scene with Carrey's, and suggests that both performers drew from a similar (if not the exact same) well of pain.
... thanks to "Jim & Andy," viewers will come away not just with greater insight about them, but also the pitfalls that potentially face those who beat the odds by turning an open-mic night into a thriving career.
Jim & Andy works best as a reminder of the skill level and commitment of its two title performers.
Kaufman was a button-pusher, he sought to get a rise out of people and questioned where performance ended and real life began. "Jim & Andy" carries on that spirit. Kaufman would be proud.
As well as fascinating and affecting, Jim & Andy is very funny, as it should be with its subjects.
Jim and Andy offers invaluable insight into the agony of acting.
What at first seems like a comedic look behind the curtain of Hollywood history builds to become a mesmerizing live-wire examination of the boundaries between artistic expression and sanity.
Like those in the headlines facing the music for their past actions, Jim Carey seems afraid to fully own up to his own horrible behavior. "It wasn't me! I was possessed by the spirit of Andy Kaufman," is basically the gist of his defense.
It's an entertaining look at a collision of offbeat comedy talents, exploring both actors' backgrounds and working styles in a way that's eye-opening and perhaps disturbing.
Carrey proves Aristotle right when he said: 'There is no great genius without some touch of madness.'
It is quite nice to see these images released to the public after so many years, now in a curious documentary that explores Jim Carrey's creative process showing us how he embraced the character of Andy Kaufman and even treated him (as well as Tony Clifton) as a real human being.
Great documentary with a lot of behind the scenes footage from the making of "Man on the moon." Carrey disappearing entirely behind his role Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton at the time and looking back on that period and his entire career now are telling us a lot about the man, the actor and his roles. The similarities between him and Kaufman are striking.
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