Movie #325 The Truman Show
(1998, US, d. Peter Weir)
This movie altered my thought process permanently. Even before I first saw this film, I always asked myself “What if my whole life was staged? What if everything would eventually come to me, just because that’s how Hollywood worked? If I was an actor, and my life were a script, then all of this had to follow a perfect 3-act structure, right?”. And then after I saw this film, it sort of clicked. The Truman Show is a great blend of intelligent filmmaking with commercial, formal strategies. It follows the very lovable Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, a man who for his whole life has not known he has been the subject of the world’s most popular and longest running reality show. Everything in his life has been staged for the enjoyment of popular culture. Even his small town is just one giant set in Hollywood. Carrey plays this character wonderfully, as he often does when he is given legitimate roles instead of crazy caricatures to play. It is a film about freedom, or rather, fighting for it. It is about discovery, but more importantly the changes we must make within ourselves before we even begin to think about escaping. A wonderful, comedic, and insightful film into a scientific experiment/media obsession, The Truman Show has the huge advantage as well of being unique. And when you get that many good things going in a film, originality is the one thing no other film can beat.