JIM & ANDY will appeal to many simply by virtue of its inclusion of incredible behind-the-scenes footage from MAN ON THE MOON. Carrey spiritedly latched on to Kaufman's campaign of anarchic self-invention wherein performance rose above and subsumed biography. And we have Carrey now, in legitimate sage mode. You may think he's full of shit (he's sooo not), but you can't argue w/ the ease w/ which he inhabits life.
Jim Carrey is right about the self being an illusion, about free will being an illusion, about people being held together by abstract notions, all of that. But this is still an incredibly pretentious documentary that spends a hour and a half examining what we are led to believe was a long term fugue state (Jim turning into Andy). There's no evidence of that, in fact, a lot points to the fact that he was just acting.
3.5 - much more about Jim than Andy, still quite an interesting and eye opening look at how far Carrey went with his portrayal in the 1999 film. there's a good amount of insight into Carrey the performer and star, him discussing his work before The Truman Show and after, revealing complex layers of himself that have only been glimpsed or hinted at recently. will make you view his '94 breakout work differently.
Jim Carrey's "best ever" after his James Brown's impersonation at the "most meaningless event of the year" (see https://tinyurl.com/y9sf9g9h). The ultimate reenactment by one of the greatest performance artist of the 20th century with a Messiah syndrome. Ninety minutes of pure, unadulterated schizophrenia coupled with an impressive achievement beard. Outstanding stuff.
A fascinating navel gazing reflection by Jim Carrey examining the filming and aftermath of the film 'Man on the Moon' in which he channeled the spirit of Andy Kaufman. Carrey lost himself in the role and between this turn and a later one in 'Eternal Sunshine' he's never really been the same actor since. Using a wealth of material shot on set by others Chris Smith offers up a unique film here.
What an extraordinary achievement, this documentary by Chris Smith. Using one of the best (and most bizarre) performances in cinema’s history as a backdrop, Jim & Andy nurtures questions of identity, freedom, and societal constrictions to form a mosaic of infinite wisdom, ultimately becoming a heartfelt and unforgettable experience.