The Majestic (2001) – Encore Review


“That’s why we call it The Majestic. Any man, woman, child could buy their ticket, walk right in. Here they’d be, here we’d be. “Yes sir, yes ma’am. Enjoy the show.” And in they’d come entering a palace, like in a dream, like in heaven. Maybe you had worries and problems out there, but once you came through those doors, they didn’t matter anymore. And you know why? Chaplin, that’s why. And Keaton and Lloyd. Garbo, Gable, and Lombard, and Jimmy Stewart and Jimmy Cagney. Fred and Ginger. They were gods. And they lived up there. That was Olympus. Would you remember if I told you how lucky we felt just to be here? To have the privilege of watching them. I mean, this television thing. Why would you want to stay at home and watch a little box? Because it’s convenient? Because you don’t have to get dressed up, because you could just sit there? I mean, how can you call that entertainment, alone in your living room? Where’s the other people? Where’s the audience? Where’s the magic? I’ll tell you, in a place like this, the magic is all around you. The trick is to see it. ” – Harry Trimble

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (30 Jul 2002, DVD, 16 Feb 2014 and 24 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A Hollywood writer on the verge of being blacklisted gets into an accident which causes amnesia when he comes across a small town where everyone believes he is a long lost returning war hero.

My Take on it – By the time this movie was made in 2001, Frank Darabont had created such a presence in Hollywood, that he was able to populate this film with lots and lots of well known actors who wanted to work with him.

Jim Carrey is perfect in the lead role of a man searching for his own identity and the people in this small town are the perfect ones to try and help him get there.

Carrey is able to show here once how exquisite he can be in dramatic roles and it’s a shame he was never given more opportunities to excel in the realm of drama.

The story mixes together the blacklisting of supposed communist sympathizers with the way American towns grieved their fallen sons after World War II while also highlighting the draw of the olden days of movies and the theatrical experience.

This film has always had a warm place in my heart even if it wasn’t raved about like the previous two Darabont films.

Some of Darabont’s usual supporting actors return here including Jame Whitmore and Jeffrey DeMunn, but they are joined by Hal Holbrook, David Ogden Stiers, Chelcie Ross, Catherine Dent, Martin Landau, Laurie Holden, Ron Rifkin and Allen garfield who all add so much to the look and feel of this movie.

They are able to transport the viewer to a whole other time and place that seems more serene and pleasant, but they constantly find ways to remind the audience that it isn’t always true.

The way that they portray the event of going to see a movie in the theater is quite majestic and makes one wax nostalgia to those glory days.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The voices of the unseen studio executives during the first screenwriting scene (and the one later in the film) are all famous directors, including Garry Marshall, Paul Mazursky, Sydney Pollack, Rob Reiner, and Carl Reiner. All of these directors are also known their occasional acting forays. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (upgrade from original review)

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