Movie : The Truman Show (1998)
Dir – Peter Weir
Cast – Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich and Laura Linney
The Truman Show is an iconic film, cemented down in the history of cinema as an academy winning movie with superb writing, beautiful shots and excellent acting. But, all that aside, what made The Truman Show stand out? Released in 1998, it came with other cinematic treats such as The Big Lebowski, Rush Hour, Meet Joe Black and American History X.
The true beauty of The Truman Show lies in its world building. To experience the film not just as a mere audience but one as the people in the movie itself. When Peter Weir took up the project he knew what he was about to embark on, Andrew Niccol, the writer of the film, presented a script which, perhaps made at any other point in history, would not have excelled. It was the envisionment of Weir as well as the insane support by Carrey and the rest of the crew that made all the difference. Peter Weir once recounted how this movie is necessary. He calls life outrageous and comments how the film mirrors the same concept. Perhaps we all feel like Truman sometimes and that is what makes us truly appreciate this masterpiece of a film.
The story follows the life of Truman Burbank played by Jim Carrey as a man being televised to the entire world. He albeit is unaware of this fact and lives his life as any other person would. As the film progresses, with some unintentional help of production blunders and from people who actually want Truman to escape, he starts to realise that his life might not be what it appears to be.
With solid performances from Carrey, breaking free from his stereotyped comedic element, he gives an emotional and engaging performance as Truman, you are sure to be cheering him on as the movie comes to an end. Other performances, such as Ed Harris playing the role of Christof, the titular director and visionary of the show Truman starts in, and Noah Emmerich playing Truman’s best friend Marlon are actually enticing parts of the story and not just characters revolving around the hero. Harris provides the perfect black to Carry’s white. Christof, even though stubborn, is just as caring as well, in his own God complex kind of way, that is. It is this, the fight between a man who won’t stop till he finds freedom and a man who has everything to lose if he does so, which will keep you on the edge.
With rather interesting cinematography from cameraman, Peter Biziou, taking advantage of the cameras recording Truman’s life, he gives us these little treats of fish eye lens’ and wide angles that are simply captivating. The very last shot of the film will stick with you for years to come. A gorgeous soundtrack by music composer, Burkhard Dallwitz is unforgettable and adds ever so subtle beauty to each scene. The Truman Show is a treat to film enthusiasts and casual watchers alike. If you are unsure of what to watch or rewatch over this weekend, The Truman Show is the perfect choice.
- PREM NAIR