One of Jim Carrey's best films ever and one of his best performances takes place in this film set in 1950's Hollywood when filmmakers were getting blacklisted for supposed communist involvement. Now I am absolutely sure that some were but others were unjustly accused, a lot of people lost everything because of this. Of course whatever you believe you do have the right to do so whether right or wrong as long as no laws are broken. But that does not stop the powers that be from blacklisting Carrey's character in this film. This film is not only a showcase of that period in time but is also speaking to things that are happening now.
Peter Appleton [Carrey] is on his way to becoming a very successful screenwriter with a new film called Ashes to Ashes. Add in that he is dating the lovely star of the film and things could not be looking better. But his bubble is busted when he learns that is time in the biz may be up, he has been blacklisted. Of course he is not a communist but that means nothing to the government, he once accidently sat in a communist meeting in college just to hang out with a girl. That one mistake that he made as a youth has come back to ruin his career and his life. Of course like anybody would do he gets drunk and tries to forget the pain, what a coincidence, he literally does.
After getting into his car and having a few drinks he crashes on a bridge and tumbles into the water. It is here that he cracks his head and wakes up to a dog licking him. He has no idea where he is, how he got there, or even who he is. But the town he makes his way into seem to have an idea of who he is, and it is not a Hollywood writer. It is one of the town's lost sons Luke Trimble, this brings the town to life. But not everyone is happy to see Luke home and some just can't believe it. But Luke's father is convinced his war hero son is back and wants to reopen the family biz, a movie theater called The Majestic. As the town celebrates and Peter or Luke settles in his memory starts to creep back as the Government get closer to finding him.
This has got to be one of Carrey's best performances without a doubt especially because no one at the time thought he could pull off a more serious role. Carrey shines without a doubt in what most critics bashed, goes to show what the so called professionals know. To be honest this should have at least won some Golden Globes, it is not the best movie ever but it is much better than what people give it credit for. Every person that appeared in this did a marvelous job from the people who played his father, girlfriend in the town, to all of the towns people they all did great. I should note that the movie wrote that he watches at the premiere stars none other than the great Bruce Campbell. Of Course Bruce is my all time favorite actor, one of the best ever.
Directed by Frank Darabont who has made so many good movies does not disappoint in this wonderful film written by Michael Sloane. Sloane needs to write some more films because he did an excellent job with this film. If you have not seen this then you are cheating yourself out of a good film. The performances are great as is the look and feel of the film, old school style look and time period. I would highly recommend this film because it is about trust, loyalty, pride, honor, our war veterans, our freedoms, and so much more. It is not the best film ever but certainly is worth the price of admission at the Majestic.
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