The Truman Show (1998)

DailyView: Day 143, Movie 218

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

Way back at the beginning of 2021, WandaVision was a huge hit on Disney + and there had been a bunch of comparisons to some aspects of The Truman Show. So when I started the DailyView, The Truman Show was one of the first films on the list to watch. It got ignored and passed by for 142 days, but here on day 143, it was finally time to watch the Jim Carrey vehicle.

What took me so long?

The Truman Show was a remarkable movie that I thoroughly enjoyed from the very beginning to the uplifting and powerful end, and I could definitely see why some people made comparisons to WandaVision, even though the specifics of the two worlds-within-a-world ended up differently.

Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) was living a normal, typical life, filled with the daily drama of the real world. Little did he know, the real world was a long way away. He had a marriage with Meryl (Laura Linney) and they were contemplating having a baby, his mother (Holland Taylor) was caring and dedicated, and his job at the insurance company was thriving. It seemed as if everyone knew who Truman was.

How true that statement would be.

Unbeknownst to Truman, his entire life had been orchestrated since birth as a reality TV show and broadcast, 24 hours a day, to the viewing public. Directed and controlled by Christof (Ed Harris), the entire world of The Truman Show was populated by actors and extras to maintain the illusion of a real life. However, as some of the cracks began to show, Truman became paranoid about how the world of Seahaven Island seemed to center around him. Afraid of water since the accidental drowning of his father (Brian Delate), living on an island isolated Truman inside the TV dome.

Jim Carrey is outstanding in this role as he appeared to be losing his grip on his mental state, but is dedicated to finding the truth as the world watched along breathlessly on TV. Carrey displayed the full range of his ability and he carved out more than just the comedic roles for his career, despite there being some comedy in The Truman Show as well.

This movie was filled with such creativity and originality, even over twenty years later, that it was a joy to watch. The plot was intricately developed, and yet was simple to follow. The performances were top notch and the special effects were perfect. I was extremely impressed with The Truman Show.

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