Having knowing little to nothing about Andy Kaufman and his bizarre life, going into the film, just like what Kaufman did to his audience, 'Man on the Moon' f***** with my mind. One of the funniest films I've ever seen. A true biopic that captures the spirit of its subject and weaves that into the soul of the film, embodying it, and that's what makes it so incredibly rare. The 'Man on the Moon' is Andy Kaufman.
This falls into many of the foibles of the biopic genre, in that it can very quickly feel like you're watching a greatest hits reel of Andy Kaufman's sketches, making the film's relevance a bit suspect in an era in which you can easily find the original clips on YouTube - but, damn, Jim Carrey is nothing short of brilliant here, disappearing into the role so completely that I never once thought of the actor himself.
When I was watching MAN ON THE MOON, I almost ignored its storytelling. I was amazed by Jim Carrey's performance. At that time, I began to think that I was watching the real Andy Kaufman. Director Milos Forman and Jim Carrey succeed to give such a entertaining biographical drama. I'm sure that Mr. Carrey is the reincarnation of Andy Kaufman. I liked Kaufman's presentation in this movie - that decribed him as a genius
[re-watched some years later] I think the movie gets Kaufman's vibe, and catch us since the beginning. We understand Andy better by watching this, a really nice work on his way of seeing the soft line between reality and television. I wouldn't call Kaufman a genius comedian but a visionary.