"He was born in front of a live audience."
So thanks to this upcoming move, I've been procrastinating a tad, and now I gotta burn through this review. The Truman Show tells the story of an insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show. I was amazed by the end of this movie. The whole world created literally, and figuratively for the Truman show was superbly detailed and meticulously thought out. Jim Carrey was his usual amazing self, and I got pretty much the performance I was expecting even if it was a tad reserved for everything we’ve come to know from Jim Carrey. The greatest stand out for me from an acting standpoint was that of Laura Linney. I am going off the top of my head, but I do believe she is an Oscar winner, and performances like this show exactly why. Ed Harris was also great as the villainous Christoph, who was the mastermind behind the inner workings and logistics of the Truman show, which airs 24/7 year around with no commercial interruptions. I felt it added a great deal of humor to the movie by having the not so subtle product placements by the characters. I was really fascinated by the story and premise itself, and it very much reminded me of an episode of Black Mirror. The Truman show is comical, unassuming, thought provoking, claustrophobic, satirical, heartbreaking, a think piece that stands tall over 20 years later, and a great deal more. What starts as a simple comedy, evolves into something much more. By the end, it’s a scathing social commentary on cultural obsession with the media. It’s a film that predates reality TV before that was even born. It comes highly recommended for fans of Jim Carrey, the films of Peter Weir Laura Linney, Ed Harris, comedies, and anyone looking for a movie unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. It is a Ricky Nixx film.
Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney