Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Cable in the 90’s, 27 Apr 2006 and 9 Aug 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A man who grew up in a fantasy world in a “reality TV show” starts to question his own reality when some strange events occur.
My Take on it – This is such an amazing idea that came out slightly before it probably should have.
The world we now live in has been obsessed with reality TV for more than 15 years, but when this came out twenty years ago, it was a brand new idea that no one would probably have been able to predict where it would eventually go.
This film presents a premise that seems even more realistic today than it did then and helps to give us so much insight into why people love the idea of reality TV so much.
Jim Carrey is superb in the title role and proved with this film that he could play very serious roles and do so masterfully.
I’m not quite sue why he was snubbed for an Oscar nomination even if he might not have been able to beat Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful (1997).
Thankfully tho, the Academy got it right by nominating Peter Weir for Directing this film because he masterful was able to put this while idea together for us to enjoy so much.
It’s quite interesting that this film resonates even more today than it did twenty years ago, and that is why it will remain such an important film for many to enjoy for years to come.
Bottom Line – Such an amazing premise that is well before it’s time. The way that this film presents the world of reality TV is amazingly done and give us so much insight into how the world works and why the genre is so popular. Carrey is superb in the title role and he was snubbed at the Oscars because he should have at least been nominated for Best Actor even if he wouldn’t have won against Benigni. I’m at least quite happy that Weir was recognized for the way he put this story together for us to enjoy and got a Best Director nomination for it. This film in some ways resonates even better after twenty years than it did back when it was made. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an interview, director Peter Weir stated he wanted to have cameras installed in every theater the film was shown in, having the projectionist at one point cut the power, cut to the viewers, and then cut back to the movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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