5 June 2018; “The Truman Show” (1998) Throwback

Get ready for today’s…Blast from the Past!

From Oscar nominee Peter Weir, the director of “Witness” (1985), “Dead Poets Society” (1989), “Green Card” (1990), “Fearless” (1993), and many others, comes this comedy-drama…

Truman Burbank: “In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon good evening and good night.”

Although the film released on the 1st of June in Los Angeles, “The Truman Show” released on this day June 5th 1998, making the film 20 years old as of today.

As the title suggests, the plot follows a young good-natured man named Truman Burbank (Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey) who discovers his whole life is a television show.

Fun fact; the film was nominated for 3 Oscars, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Ed Harris, Best Director – Peter Weir, and Best Original Screenplay – Andrew Niccol. There was also a belief that Carrey would be nominated for Best Actor, and the film a Best Picture nomination, but it did not happen.

The film was also nominated by the AFI (American Film Institute) for a spot in the 100 Years…100 Cheers list.

On a personal note, this is one of the 4 films that we watched and discussed in Film Studies, one of my Theatre Studies modules this semester, (and on a fun note, one of my favourite subjects).

Some of the film’s highlights include the themes, such as Christianity, messages, story, cast including an early onscreen appearance of Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti, performances particularly Carrey, Harris, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney, emotional music score by Golden Globe winner Burkhard von Dallwitz and Oscar nominee Philip Glass, and visual effects.

If you are looking for a thought-provoking yet charming motion picture, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design by BLT Communications, LLC.
Poster artwork: Unknown.