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movie review - The Truman Show

the journal of Michael Werneburg

twenty-five years and one million words

Toronto, 1998.11.28

This is a comedic movie with a softly dramatic core (like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles) featuring a fellow who gradually becomes aware that his life is a hermetically sealed reality show and that he is essentially property of the show's producers. From all the talk it seems that this thing has touched a nerve; it's very popular and people seem to attribute something to it that I just don't see. I didn't find much of it - beyond the star's obvious charisma - very interesting, and felt that there were some serious errors in the casting choices among the supporting cast, such as Ed Harris playing such a one-dimensional, pretentious character written in such a stilted way. I felt like I could sense the guy's unhappiness with being there.

As the buzz continues it's actually developing into a sense of unease. Is this the kind of story that sticks in people's mind?

Not recommended.

rand()m quote

I think natural selection must have greatly rewarded the ability to reassure oneself in a crisis with complete bullshit.

—Bob Harris