|Michael A. Maynez|
"The Truman Show"
The genius of a trio working so spectacularly to give us a film like, “The Truman Show”, is as mind-blowing in Today’s Hollywood, where sometimes brains are grains of sawdust that no one had heard of. All the more exciting to find Jim Carrey, Peter Weir and Andrew Niccol working to the fullest of their collective talents, to put together a formidable film. Never has a director like Weir, been a position to control and channel the brilliant talents of Carrey, to deliver a knock-out performance.
The credit of bringing a difficult script to fruition and so meticulously constructed by Andrew Niccol, who was responsible for the challenging writing of “Gattacca”, is to be admired handsomely. It is Peter Weir who controls the whole spirit and tone of the film and he does without the fan-fare of most directors. You have to know that Jim Carrey has to be a once in a lifetime actor that would trust himself completely into the hands of Peter Weir’s direction, not to many actors would do that, especially if they already have achieved success.
The basic premise that your whole life is on television for twenty-four hours a day for as many years, leave you with the feeling that our privacy has really been destroyed, but how do you escape that, especially if everyone around you is on the secret that you’re being recorded for all your actions.
Ed Harris plays a very discerning Christof, with just enough evil spirits to make you put him on the top of your most hated people. Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, and Natascha McElhone plus countless other actors lend support to Christof, backstage world.
Without doubt, Jim Carrey is our next James Stewart, he is dazzling, remarkable and a visionary for all times. “………and the Oscar goes to the one and only, for daring to become on of our favorite actors, thank you.
The Truman Show
Directed by: Peter Weir
Produced by: Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, Adam Schroeder
Executive producer: Lynn Pleshette
Edited by: William Anderson, Lee Smith
Screenplay by: Andrew Niccol