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The Truman Show (1998)

Now, Jim Carrey is debatably a comic genius. But not everyone is a fan- finding that in some films he is do I put it…a little annoying.

Me? I think he has concreted himself as a legend, who simply doesn’t take himself too seriously.

The Truman Show (1998) is certainly different to other films in Carrey’s list; despite it offering at times a snapshot of Carrey’s comedic tone, it also notably carries an interesting concept in terms of its narrative. With the story itself focusing on the life of Truman Burbank, who seems to live almost the perfect life- yet to discover that it is all simply set-up—a television shame centered around his life. Everything within his life is manufactured in order to achieve certain objects and allow for particular situations, thus guaranteeing a loyal audience. Following Truman from his birth, the audience within the screen are given an outlook on one mans hopes, destiny and future.

This ‘constructed’ world can be linked with the big brother theory–in this world…hopefully the real world (it could actually be like The Truman Show and I will never find out that it is…let's hope not) and the idea that nothing we do in our lives is truly private and we are always being watched.

Anyhow...back to the movie…

I have always liked this film, as ^^mentioned above, it makes you question what really is private, breaks the barrier between screen and reality and allows you to be in the ‘third’ screen if you will. It includes comedy, a hint of romance and an overall exciting storyline which kept me (and probably the majority of the audience) interested throughout.

Now there is a rather short summary of The Truman Show.. you see I don’t want to give a lot away as there are probably people out there who haven’t seen it yeah there you go.

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— AW