In the late 90's, films like "The Truman Show" and "The Matrix" expressed a far-reaching suspicion of our notion of reality, which at the time seemed like a general, punk rock-ish distrust of the Establishment. 20 years later, with a reality TV star in the White House, "Truman's" eerie, all-encompassing paranoia feels somehow prophetic. What was marketed as a quirky comedy in '98 now registers as impossibly sad.
A masterpiece. A film that was years ahead of it's time. The camera work is so inspired and innovate, the performances are universally phenomenal - especially Jim - and the direction is pitch perfect. The sets, the costumes, the entire world is so perfectly off-centered. The layers of complexity and brilliance require multiple viewings to truly be appreciated. A modern day classic and one of Peter Weir's very best.