Jim Carrey will always be a favourite actor of mine. He's one of the only actors that I will go out of my way to watch their films and "The Mask" is a supreme representation of the ability of Carrey's physical comedy. "The Mask" originally started out as a dark horse comic series back in the 1980s and as the movie focuses around a mask that takes over the wearer and rids them of their social inhibitions. It's believed to have been originally created as a cross between Batman villain, The Joker and Steve Ditko's Creeper. The comic contained quite a bit of violence which was toned down a lot in the movie to cater to a younger audience.
The movie plot focuses around loveable loser Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey) who's down on his luck until, one day he meets the divinely beautiful Tina (Cameron Diaz) who comes into the bank where Stanley works to secretly filming the vault for a potential break in by her mobster boyfriend, Dorian (Peter Greene). After a bad night after being refused entry into a club, Stanley comes across a mysterious mask floating in the river. He takes it home and tries it on only to be completely taken over by it and becomes a completely different, green faced super powered antihero. These new powers get Stanley into a whole heap of trouble that he simply doesn't need.
This is by far one of my favourite films and it was rightly deserving of its massive financial and critical success upon its release. Featuring some amazing special effects for its time and truly utilising all of the talents Carrey could offer, this is truly an all round entertaining masterpiece of comedic cinema. This was the same year as Dumb & Dumber and Ace Ventura which shot Carrey into the stratosphere of superstardom and rightly so. The majority of scenes involving the masked version of Ipkiss take on a very cartoon like imagery to it as the character is a fan of cartoons and this transfers into his super powered alter-ego.
Really the primary interest of the film is based around a man and the mask that allows him to express his true feelings without fear of repercussions. The Mask also teaches Stanley that he should be more impulsive and not such a nice guy as nice guys finish last. There is sort of a sub plot that blends well into Stanley's story leading to the end of the mobster and his girlfriend. He becomes suspicious that she helped Stanley rob a bank originally planned by Dorian's crew, but they were beaten to the punch by the masked alter-ego. It's a nice way of moving the story along but I found the mob side of the story quite boring and the film as a whole could have done without it.
Along with Carrey, Cameron Diaz is an amazing choice as the love interest. Although she's still very beautiful today, there's something to her in this movie that makes her a lot more appealing. Maybe it's her damp breasts introduced to us at the start of the film or maybe it's because of her dazzling legs, again introduced to us at the start. Peter Greene's character became quite annoying throughout the film and did drag it down quite a bit but even with him this film does manage to remain a 5 star movie that can be enjoyed by all.
I would say you should check this film out as soon as possible and if you haven't seen it already then you really haven't lived.
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