The Truman Show Reviews
Simplemente sorprendente, un magnífico trabajo de Peter Weir que nos lleva a una historia original, divertida, con una magnífica trama acompañada de un excelente Jim Carrey, y una magnífica actuación de Ed Harris, que te hará cuestionar tu realidad por un buen tiempo.
Carrey plays a dramatic character first with flickers of comedic Carrey second. I was pleasantly surprised by Carrey gravitas, probably even more for audiences when it first came out.Â
The set design and costumes are picturesque of a tube tv commercial which adds a layer of ironic suspicion to the whole storyline. They do outvertly advertise in the show which is a cleaver add on.Â
This movie teeters on mystery/thriller which is unexpected. This mystery keeps the audience engaged and tight next to Carrey as he unravels it.
A must watch for Carrey fans.
"The world, the place you live in, is the sick place. Seahaven is the way the world should be". Combining cinematic masterminds behind films such as Dead Poets Society and GATTACA, Peter Weir and Andrew Niccol have managed to create one of the most thought provoking yet entertaining films to date. The Truman Show follows the life of Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey), a normal man living in the seemingly normal New England town of Seahaven. But unbeknownst to Truman, Seahaven is the world's largest reality TV set, filming 24 hours a day to an audience of billions. Being the first human legally adopted by a corporation, Truman has never known anything but the grotesquely perfect world of Seahaven, and is prevented from ever leaving it. The show director, Christof (Ed Harris) captivates the "mad-creative type" perfectly, controlling everything about Truman, from the people that appear (or disappear) in his life, to the sun that rises in the sky each morning.
Truman's desire to escape his reality is driven by his wish to find his long-lost love, Sylvia (Natascha McElhone) that he met in college. After an exciting school dance, the two ran away together to a beach for some privacy. It was then that Sylvia tried to tell Truman that the world he is living in is in fact not real and that she was an actor. Everything, from the sand on the beach to the ever-expanding ocean is all artificial. But before she can reveal too much, Christof sends her "dad", to drive down the beach and grab Sylvia, telling Truman that they are going to Fiji and never coming back.
Since his night with Sylvia, Truman becomes more cognizant of the world he lives in. The once pristine and happy Seahaven is now a cheerful prison, and Jim Carrey plays a very great prisoner. His quirkiness lightens the tone of what's really happening; a man is stuck in the world's largest TV set and everyone is in on it except him.
While Jim Carrey does an outstanding job playing Truman, his wife in the movie, Meryl (Laura Linney), plays the part of the "50's housewife" just right, wanting a quiet life in the suburbs with children. Another character, Noah Emmerich, who plays Truman's best friend, successfully creates this closeness dynamic with Truman that looks almost surreal. But after Truman asks if Emmerich is lying to him about the world, Emmerich manages to capture this look in his eyes that says, "I want to tell you the truth but Christof will kill me".
After his decision to escape by sea, Christof is forced to play is final card to keep Truman in Seahaven. He unleashes a chaotic storm knocking Truman off his boat, into the water. But Truman's persistence keeps Christof from going further and killing him on live TV. The dramatic music suddenly falls silent and as Truman reaches the horizon, he crashes through the TV set (literally breaking through the fourth wall). The build up to Truman's escape and his final parting of his world makes this movie always enjoyable to watch and watch again.
Aside from the plot, Weir's clever use of camera angles makes the film even more entertaining. Because of the nature of the movie, the viewer sees the world through the "5000" secret cameras hidden in places like trees or in car mirrors. It creates that quality of intimacy that comes along with prying into someone's life that ordinary camera angles just could not achieve. Another aspect to the show is its use of music during Truman's life. The music ranges from cheerful to gloomy, and is played live in the show, depending on the atmosphere Christof is trying to create. If it were not for the music and the camera angles, the Truman show would not be the most watched show in history.
It may be considered a feel-good family movie, there is a deeper meaning behind the film. The Truman show was created at a time when reality TV and social media began to consume people's lives. The idea that every feeling, thought and reaction of Truman's was real, all the while living in an artificial world only adds to the irony of it being considered a "reality TV show". The progression of Truman's journey to reality is a guide for the viewers to do the same, yet after Truman's escape, the transmission ends leaving the dedicated viewers saying, "what else is on TV?" only adding to the absurdity of the movie.
Although Jim Carrey is generally known for his goofy and sometimes child-like humor, the balance between comedy and seriousness in this movie is impeccable. Due to its uniqueness and depth, this movie deserves 4 stars, always leaving the viewer wanting another episode of the Truman show.
I really enjoyed watching Jim Carrey play Truman because as Truman began to experience signs that he was living in this fake world, it kind of turned into comedy. I love watching Jim Carrey because he never fails to make people laugh. He's done a ton of comedies including Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and many others. Carrey accepted this role even though he was getting paid 8 million less than what he usually gets paid for films. I'm glad he did though because I can't imagine the movie with anyone other than him playing the face of Truman. Jim Carrey tends to do a lot of improvising on set, which is exactly what he did during this movie. He didn't agree with some of the parts of the scripts and he would change things he did and said last minute as they were filming.
Obviously as I was watching this movie I couldn't help but notice how it was filmed. I really enjoyed how this film other than the fact that it takes a while to understand what is going on in the movie. Many people may get half way through the movie and finally come to the realization that his whole life is being filmed as a reality tv show. However, it's also really intriguing how it is filmed. It's filmed in the perspective of hidden cameras. The angles are different than "normal" movies and a corporation logo appears in the corner of the screen in most scenes of the movie. This really showed how he was being filmed without him knowing. It gave the movie more of a reality tv show feeling than a formal movie which makes situations that happen more shocking.
The script is very well written in my opinion because it makes you feel every core emotion. You laugh, you feel sad for him, you get angry at how they treat him and you feel excited for him. As the movie starts out he has no idea he's being filmed, however as the movie goes on he begins to realize and pick up on peculiar things that are happening to him. Characters in the movie start to feel sorry for him and try and warn him that he's being played. He starts to pick up on all these clues and try to figure out how he can overcome his fear of the water to potentially escape. The only way out of this TV set is to escape past the water, but unfortunately for him he has developed a strong fear for water. When he was younger, his "father" died in the water so he's never tried to travel past it. This was their way of putting fear in his head so he would never want to escape this tv set if he ever found out about what was going on. He eventually has the courage to get through the water on a boat which leads him to the door to exit the TV set.
This movie provided such a thrill factor that I haven't seen in many other movies before. Watching him experience his situations and get past them is exactly why I believe it is one of the best psychological thrillers that exists.