(This review was originally written on June 27, 2017)
“Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”
So, The Truman Show is indeed a smart movie. The actings are great, specially Jim Carrey’s. He was given a heavy role and fulfills it with a stunning performance, a truly show-stealing one, carrying the picture virtually all by himself. Very memorable for his naivety, happiness and dramatic moments. The line I quoted must be his best, basically because of the happiness and that iconic neck movement that accompanies it.
The setting is also genuinely nice. I really like this sort-of utopian feel the city brings us, thanks to the orange pavement, the white houses and everything that is green. About that I have nothing truly negative to say, for the color palette is pertinent and easily appealing.
All the technical aspects, from the editing to the cinematography, are good. The scope of interpretations that can be made is also impressive. I particularly like the fact that this film could be seen as a comment on the mass surveillance society we live in (a dystopian society, contrasted greatly by its utopian façade), or to the fact that the people that surround us act so falsely, or even to the fact that privacy no longer exists, or at least exists in a distorced like-the-media-wants-it way. The film has some brilliant elements, like that poster of a thunder crossing an airplane in a fucking travel agency, but unlike many others that think this way, I don’t see it as a brilliant or an incredible film as a whole, and is not at all one of my favourites.
The film has a truly interesting and a very promissing premise that unfortunately gets wasted by the very first moments, or even before the film starts at all. We get to know what the story is all about at the very beginning (and also in the trailer), which gives away the possibility for this film to become one of the best in the history of cinema, and I’m not exaggerating. Just imagine if the basic premise was something like this: “Truman lives a naively, flawless, happy life, but some occurences lead him to question his reality, until he finally finds the awful truth.” With this, along with a plot twist, revealed simultaneously to Truman and to us, this film would undoubtedly be one of the best of the history of film.
That final liberarion scene is nice, yes, but come on, a mind-blowing twist would be amazing and should have been used. A thought-provoking, well-written, well-thought picture, but not a jaw-dropping one. For that, the rating that I think better fits is a four out of five.
Directed by / Realizado por: Peter Weir
Written by / Escrito por: Andrew Niccol
Starring / Com participações de: Ed Harrey, Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Natascha McElhone, Noah Emmerich