Movie Review: The Truman Show (1998)

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality. Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see…

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s… “The Truman Show”!

Insurance salesman Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) lives a pretty normal life with his wife Meryl (Laura Linney). But he soon discovers something very odd about himself and the world around him. And that odd thing is that his entire life is one big television show, running 24/7, thanks to the mysterious Christof (Ed Harris). And from that we get one of the most original plots every put to film. Sure, these days we have seen several different versions of the very same plot. Hell, even “Codename: Kids Next Door” did a parody of it. But back in 1998, this was some pretty revolutionary shit. But the twists and turns throughout are clever, and the ways that Truman puzzles all of this together is really engaging and interesting. It’s a pretty philosophical story too if you think about it, which makes it so much more interesting and great.

The characters in the movie are all very interesting and have a whole bunch of layers to them. Jim Carrey is honestly fantastic as the character of Truman. This is probably the best performance I have ever seen from him (Sidenote: As of the writing of this review, I have not yet seen “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, which people tend to call Carrey’s best movie). I honestly think he was the perfect pick for this movie, since he’s such a likable actor, playing someone who never chose to be the subject of this show. Laura Linney as his “wife” is great in her role. Noah Emmerich plays Truman’s best friend, Marlon, and he’s really good in the movie. And then we have Ed Harris as the ever watching Christof… and he’s great. Nothing else to say really, he’s Ed fucking Harris, he’s always great. Everybody’s great!

The score for “The Truman Show” was composed by Burkhard Dallwitz, with some help from Philip Glass. And let me tell ya… it’s some good stuff. It’s a mix of dramatic, whimsical, and surprisingly tense tracks. All of them perfectly fitting the scenes they were meant for. Often the tracks elevated the scenes they were used in to perfection.

This movie was directed by Peter Weir, a director who I haven’t really seen much from. The one movie of his I had seen prior to this was “Fearless”, and I loved that one a lot. But I gotta say that “Truman Show” is a very well directed movie. And the writing by Andrew Niccol was really good too. This movie isn’t a straight-up comedy, there’s a lot of dramatic stuff in it. But it is also a movie with plenty of funny moments, and a lot of feelgood stuff too, with a pinch of sad moments thrown in there. What I’m trying to say is that the writing gives us a bit of everything in regards to emotion.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a score of 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 90/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,1/10 and is ranked #209 on the “Top 250” list. The movie was also nominated for 3 Oscars in the categories of Best Supporting actor (Harris), Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

“The Truman Show” was quite the awesome movie. It has an original and awesome story, really good characters, great acting, great music, great directing, and great writing. Time for my final score. AAAAAHHHHH! My final score for “The Truman Show” is a 9,90/10. So of course it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “The Truman Show” is now completed.

Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

Movie Review: Fearless (1993)

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We all have fears, there is no denying that. I myself am afraid of a few things; mainly heights and snakes. The point I am trying to make is that we are all afraid of something and we want to find ways to overcome our fears. It isn’t easy, but it’s possible. With that said, let’s review a movie about being afraid… sort of.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Fearless”.

In this movie we follow Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) who just survived an airplane crash. And after this crash something strange happens. His personality changes, he starts seeking thrills to try to wake up from this weird state he has entered. And from that we get a philosophical, thoughtful and emotionally gut-punching plot. I loved the plot of “Fearless”, seeing Max go through the world, getting more and more emotionally distant from his family. If you are looking for an action packed plot, this isn’t the movie for you. This is a plot that takes it’s time with everything, making sure you get good time to think over everything in this movie. And I loved that!

The characters are interesting, realistic and very well-written. None of them feel like they don’t belong, they all feel natural in this movie. And Jeff Brdiges gives a fantastic performance in this movie. You can say what you want about him in “The Big Lebowski”, he may be great in that movie, but this might actually be his best performance. He really makes Max feel like a real person with his fantastic performance. And the other actors in the movie are great too.

The music in this movie is slow, atmospheric and pretty emotional. The original song were composed by Maurice Jarre but most tracks were a mix of a bunch of orchestral pieces. And they all fit perfectly into this movie and all tracks helps convey some kind of emotion. While I can’t mention all for sure I can at least say that all the tracks are terrific.

This movie is directed by Peter Weir and I have to say he did a pretty fucking great job with it. And to get the truth out there, I have never seen a Peter Weir movie before so I had no expectations at all. But I was pleased to see that this was a well-directed movie. Also, fun fact: this movie is based on a novel by Rafael Yglesias who also wrote the screenplay for the movie.

This movie has been well-received but has also been called under-rated. It is also a movie that not too many people saw. But still, time for critic scores. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 86% positive rating. On Metacritic it doesn’t even exist. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10. The movie was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best Supporting Actress (Rosie Perez). 

Guys, “Fearless” is a fantastic movie with a deep and thoughtful plot with a lot of emotion and is held up by a fantastic lead performance from Jeff Bridges, great writing, great music and great direction/camera work. Time for my final score. *Ahem* My final score for “Fearless” is a 9,88/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“Fearless” is now reviewed.

More people need to see this amazing thing.