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The Truman Show (SE)
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10 years ago By: Quigles
The Truman Show (SE) order
Director:
Peter Weir

Actors:
Jim Carrey
Laura Linney
Noah Emmerich

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Truman Burbank is the only non-actor in a town that feels a little too perfect. Heís the star of his own TV show without even knowing, and his life is broadcast worldwide; in other words, this is the ultimate reality show. But then things start going wrong, and Truman becomes determined to unravel the lie he is living.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie dares ask the question, ďWhat if you were watched every moment of your life, and didnít even know it?Ē That, and so much more. I first watched this movie seven years ago and enjoyed it immensely, but not to the extent that I would rank it as one of my favorite movies. Well, I donít know if Iíve matured, or if my tastes in film have just altered, but watching THE TRUMAN SHOW now, many years later, was a much more though-provoking and entertaining experience than ever before. Normally, if I were to rewatch a movie that I enjoyed awhile back, I would probably enjoy it just the same, but more likely, a little less. Hardly ever, though, do I actually appreciate a movie even more, not to mention get more out of it intellectually. In this regard, Iím going to flat-out say that THE TRUMAN SHOW is a timeless movie for all ages, and years from now, should be considered a classic.

When you really think about it, the idea behind the movie is really sick; itís a cruel and disgusting act that is made even more prominent considering how real itís become for TV recently. Yet, the movie doesnít feel sick and disgusting. The portrayal of Trumanís life is light and fluffy, with soft and pleasant music playing the background. Maybe thatís what I love so much about it Ė itís up to the viewer to explore the movieís themes and concepts, so nothingís being preached to you. You get as much out of it as youíre willing to put in. If the viewer just wants a fun movie with a cool premise, then they can enjoy it as such. But if theyíre looking for some profound meaning, then itís up to them to dig deeper. Here are a few things I picked up while watching: commentary on how easily people can be manipulated, the instant acceptance of oneís life and surroundings, how attached people can get to those who have what they donít, as well as much more.

Iíve always found Carrey to be exceedingly amiable, which makes him perfect to play Truman. He has a charming quality about him, and always helps to keep the movieís energy level up. Laura Linney is also terrific as the very fake and constantly smiling Hanna, who was casted to play Meryl (Trumanís love interest). Ed Harris does well playing God, although they call him Christof ("Christ"-of, get it?), but didnít amaze me as some reviewers have said. The only actor whom I really didnít like was Natascha McElhone, who doesnít really add anything to the picture, even though her part really requires her to do so. The cast is only one thing out of many that makes this film so wonderful. The other main area of expertise comes from the combined effort of director Peter Weir and screenwriter Andrew Niccol, who together deliver such a wonderful and engaging world that will, hopefully, never be forgotten. Iím not all that hip to sequels, but a well-written follow up piece to this could prove very interesting; heck, it could even become the most original sequel ever made. Hereís hoping.
THE EXTRAS
Considering the previous DVD release only contained 2 trailers, I cannot really complain about what this release has to offer. Still, I wouldíve really liked to see a commentary track.

ĒHowís It Going To End?Ē 2 Part Documentary (41:45): Despite this documentary showing almost no behind-the-scenes footage and way too many clips from the film, I couldnít help but be interested by the many compelling speakers. Everyone from Peter Weir to Jim Carrey discuss how the project began, what the actors did to develop their characters, and how the film was eventually put together. If you like interviews, you should love this.

Faux Finishing, The Visual Effects of The Truman Show (13:16): Not particularly long, but pretty neat. If youíve seen the how the basic effects are done in movies lately, youíre not really learning anything new. Still, itís kind of cool to see what was added later with CGI.

Deleted/Extended Scenes (13:08): There are four of them. Even though Iím glad these didnít make the movie, I did appreciate them being included. Each one is worth watching, especially a very insightful scene which discusses the possibility of a baby getting starting a whole new show. The others are more entertaining than anything.

Photo Gallery: There are around 40 pictures to check out, none of which are particularly interesting (at least not to me). Basically there are just a bunch of on-set images.

Trailers/TV Spots: Here we get a teaser, the theatrical trailer, and 2 TV spots. In my opinion, every single one of these gives away too much of the movie.

There are also 4 Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
With all of itís subtle details and many interesting ideas, THE TRUMAN SHOW has quite a lot to say, and the odds of it screwing up are huge... but thankfully, it doesnít. It succeeds beyond words, and from here on out, THE TRUMAN SHOW will always hold a special place in my heart. *sniff* Cue the sappy music.
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