Once upon a time Jim Carrey wanted to do dramatic acting. OK, he's still kind of in that phase, but The Majestic is certainly a movie where he went out of his to avoid doing the things that made him famous. In this movie, Carrey is probably the only recognizable name to most, except for perhaps Martin Landau. I viewed this movie with little idea of what it was about. I had read the back cover, which given the freeness of information, trailers, interviews, and movie updates today meant I was pretty much seeing this movie blind.
This movie follows the life of a man named Peter Appleton. Appleton is a screenwriter in Hollywood struggling to make a charmed life out of it. The film, though it's never directly said, takes place shortly after World War II, when there was huge paranoia about a Communist threat. This paranoia spread to the film industry and historically many writers, actors, producers, anyone could be "blacklisted". This basically labeled them as a Communist and no one would do business with them. No one ever admited to a blacklist actually existing, but the effect of paranoia meant it probably did in some unwritten form.
Appleton is working on a script he hopes will take him off of the B-List. Paranoia causes his new, studio edited, script to be looked at by authorities trying to find communists in the Unted States. They find his new script a threat, possibly communist related, and he is blacklisted. No one wants to have anything to do with him and his girlfriend even breaks up for him about it. It's stressed many times that it would be a crazy idea for Appleton to be a communist. The Powers That Be over his head seem to be much more powerful than him or any connection he has and finds himself out of work looking for some way to cope. He goes to a bar, getting a bit drunk and rambles to the bartender about how much his life now sucks, and stumbling out later decides to take a drive. He gets into a car accident on a one-lane bridge that sets the movie into motion.
Here endith Act 1.
This is a great movie about how even if you have everything, or seem to be perfectly aimed to get it, that maybe it's not what you wanted after all. It illustrates friendships and relationships are more important than business advancement and money. One thing this movie really nails well is relating to the individual. There are lots of different relationships between characters going on in the picture and it has it's own personality.
At the root The Majestic is about people.
Those who have seen this movie are probably wondering why I did not go past the car accident. That would be giving away too much. It's a very compelling character driven movie and some surprises should remain surprises. Trying to figure out what is going on is a fun and rewarding part about watching movies.
A final teaser, this movie contains a movie within it. A movie within a movie call Sand Pirates of the Sahara, written by character Peter Appleton. An uncredited appearance by the legendary Bruce Campbell makes this very entertaining and something you will pay attention to. The DVD contains the entire movie within the movie if you want to see it in full.
Pleasantly surprised. I might even watch it again.
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