Sometimes one must take a step back in order to move forward. So is this true for today’s Cinema. We recently caught The Majestic on HBO. The film made its debut in 2001 and I must admit that I had never seen it. After watching a spate of films with Jim Carrey ( Ace Ventura, The Mask) I was not up to watching more slapstick at that time. Now I regret not seeing it when it first appeared on screen.
The film had followed another attempt by Carrey in The Truman Show, which was first seen in 1998, to reveal his more serious side. Set in 1951, it is about a blacklisted Hollywood writer that gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son. Martin Landau plays the role of the father who believes that Carrey, after missing in action during World War II, returns home after suffering memory loss. Laurie Holden, plays Carrey’s sweetheart, and also becomes convinced of Carrey’s new identity.
The plot follows the attempt of the townsfolk to convince Carrey that he is in fact Landau’s son and it almost succeeds. The film also contains a number of reputable actors who lend their experience into making this a memorable film. Thoroughly convinced the town throws a celebration in his honor and Carrey rebuilds Landau’s movie theater (the centerpiece for the title). I must admit that I did shed a tear or two during the movie, but then again I am an old softie at heart. The truth is that I needed a box of Kleenex as Carrey’s acting was that good.
Our reason for bringing this film to the attention to our readers is to demonstrate that change is always a good thing in an actor’s career in order to further their possibilities. This should also be a good lesson for movie makers in general as today’s action flicks are too endowed with technology, and some good old-fashioned films may be the new wave of the future. We do hope that Hollywood takes note of our review on this film and starts heading in this direction for the silver screen. I think that this trend will give their audiences something great to remember.