#29 / 365 – ‘The Truman Show’ (1998) – 103 mins
IMDb Challenge #18 / 250 – Ranked #231 – Via DVD Collection
Truman Burbank is a normal man, living in a normal town. He is a successful business man, he has a nice wife and many friends. However, Truman finds his life is getting very repetitive. Actually every moment of his life is being filmed, being watched by millions, and that his world is limited in a small Hollywood film set. Truman decides to follow his discovery no matter how hard and how much it pains him.
What Director Peter Weir “Dead Poets Society” has crafted here is an intelligent, vivid, touching and thought-provoking satire about the media and the unseemly extent to which it controls our lives, 24-hours-a-day, as Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) slowly discovers. This is what makes The Truman Show such an interesting film. Its premise was way ahead of its time, forgot those trashy reality TV programmes of “Big Brother”, “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” this was the birth of the genre.
The film has many a brilliant, inventive and memorable moments, the scene where a cloud pours rain onto Truman but nobody else, and it follows Truman as he tries to run from it. Another is when Christof the unscrupulous, creator and producer of “The Truman Show” and one who is Truman’s God, perfectly portrayed by Ed Harris, first speaks to Truman, from the heights of the skies, and says, “I am the creator of a television show”.
Jim Carrey does a tremendous job as the confused Truman and was good to see him portray a serious role for once, and stretch beyond his usual rubber-faced comedy roles that preceded this.
The Truman Show, was nominated for three Oscars, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Screenplay in 1999 and if wasn’t for Steven Spielberg’s perfect ‘Saving Private Ryan’ of the same year, this would have certainly earned Peter Weir the Best Director award. Just leaves me to say “Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”