Classic: The Truman Show (1998) Review

5/5* Shivs Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Peter Weir

103 mins 

Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerick, Natascha McElhone, Brian Delate, Holland Taylor.

A captivating, thought-proking and extremely clever film, The Truman Show is a classic.

Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is the unsuspecting star of his own show – The Truman Show. Unwanted at birth, Truman was adopted by a corporation led by Truman Show creator and director Christof (Ed Harris).

The Truman Show then is a “reality” show broadcast 24 hours a day showing Truman growing up and living his daily life. Though it can’t be said that it is his life – show creator Christof influences Truman’s decisions through actor placement and plot developments, allowing for the most interesting and captivating viewing.

He even chooses his best friend and then his love interest, removing his true love Sylvia (Natascha McElhone) from the show and replacing her with Meryl (Laura Linney).

There’s been more than a few weird, unexplainable occurrences in his life so when a light from a movie set falls from the sky, Truman begins to notice all the strange things in his town.

Raising questions about the power of tv and the media and how these things have the ability to control our lives, The Truman Show is an interesting one.

Carrey is absolutely and completely captivating as main character Truman provides laughs, sentimental scenes and entertainment.

Clever from start to finish, the Show even includes ads – Truman sees twins each day who push him in the direction of a billboard while speaking to him and his wife Meryl frequently presents products to him, explaining her purchases.

A remarkable movie and a modern classic, The Truman Show will certainly go down as one of the smartest satirical movies in history.

Combining sci-fi with fantasy and drama, The Truman Show has scenes of comedy, romance and emotional sequences.

A moving display which is definitely one of my 10 favourite films of all time (I should totally make a list), The Truman Show is an incredible watch.

“Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night.”


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