|Fig 1 - The Truman Show Poster|
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards (receiving none) and six Golden Globes, of which Jim Carrey, Ed Harris and the composers Burkhard von Dallwitz and Philip Glass won in their respective roles. Since it's release, the film has been praised as one of Jim Carrey's finest dramatic performances, even indirectly convincing others that they too were trapped in a television show. An uncommon paranoia informally known as "Truman Syndrome" has been documented by psychologists as a result of the film's popularity, bringing one individual to travel to New York following the September 11th attacks to justify whether or not it was just "all part of the script" (Kershaw, 2008).
|Fig 2 - The Truman Show - Meryl and Truman|
Additionally, I think Jim Carrey gives a perfect blend of nuance in conjunction with his famously zany shtick. I am still of the opinion that his role as Joel Barish (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)) has gone unsurpassed in terms of his dramatic abilities. However, I find Truman to be an incredibly likeable character in his naivety and I always lose myself in his performance (despite some moments of eccentricity). Ed Harris is similarly masterful in his subtle role as a Steve Jobs-style egomaniac. Although his character appears sparingly, Harris steals almost every scene with Christof's brooding gait and sense of absolute control over the situation. The final scene, in which Christof and Truman converse like deity's between heaven and Earth, perfectly captures Christof's desperation and overall affection towards Truman. It's a beautiful moment, and through a touching monologue Harris manages to convey just how important Truman is not only as a subject, but as a human being untouched by the horrors of humanity.
Overall, The Truman Show's surface concept amounts to an idea that is endlessly deep and dares to open up discussions of exploitation and the nature of reality whilst remaining consistently light-hearted. I must finish up now as I'm due to cycle past your house in about ten minutes.
Fig. 1 The Truman Show Poster (1998) From: The Truman Show - Directed by: Peter Weir
Fig. 2 The Truman Show Screenshot (1998) From: The Truman Show - Directed by: Peter Weir
Look Closely, Doctor: See the Camera? - Kershaw, Sarah (08/27/08) - Accessed: 01/06/17