I have my doubts, because this conceit is predicated on the assumption that the TV audience is a pack of blithering idiots—everyone, that is, except you and me and a few other media-savvy commentators. Far from being a visionary or original notion, this is one of the root assumptions of our mass culture. And if we’re all living inside the same bad TV show, what else could The Truman Show be saying? It’s merely confirming the message.
There are so many ways the tenuous conceit of The Truman Show could have gone wrong and run out of satiric steam. But it is a pleasure to report that it is a good, intelligent, insightful movie instead, with many of the romantic and redemptive virtues of last year’s unappreciated Gattaca, which was written and directed by the New Zealand-born Mr. Niccol, also the screenwriter for The Truman Show.
It’s… fairly profound, posing questions that philosophers have been bickering about for centuries… What is the nature of reality? To what extent are we products of our environment, passively accepting the paradigms offered to us? …The trouble is, Weir and Niccol know this all too well, and ultimately they aren’t content to simply present this hypothetical entertainment future and let us puzzle out the larger implications for ourselves.
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.
In light of the way "reality" series and technology now dominate our understanding of entertainment, The Truman Show is even better in the 21st Century. Jim Carrey blends seriousness and comedy so well some viewers have questioned their own reality. Peter Weir created a unique but approachable story line and coupled it with profound questions about identity and the role of technology.
In 1999 Big Brother (the reality show) would have its first version premiered. This film actually preceded the reality show. For most people born in the nineties, Big Brother is an expression that has to do with television, not with a dystopian book written by Orwell. This is a brilliant film, ahead of its time, that still serves as commentary for what we are living now, and our current obsessions. And great cinema!
"True man show" and "After hours" are my all time favourite dark comedies, and depression friendly movies as far as i remember, When i laugh loudly at their misery, Do you have a recommendation or favourites on the same type i'm lining? tell me what is your personal dark hilarious drama?