Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's On Netflix?: THE TRUMAN SHOW

Welcome to another installment of WHAT'S ON NETFLIX?, where we pick out a film or series currently playing on Netflix and review it for the fans.  This week's selection is Peter Weir's masterpiece...THE TRUMAN SHOW.

The Truman Show folllows Truman Burbank, a man who works a day job as an insurance adjuster. Truman follows an incredibly strict schedule. He brushes his teeth, gets dressed, eats breakfast, says hello to his neighbors, drives to work, does his work, and heads home. Truman has a typical life, he's happy and is prepared to continue living his life at the pace he is at right now. But then something sets him off his path, he starts noticing that all these thing that happen in his life, happen just a little too perfectly. And every plan he makes to break from the norm is offset and thrown off course. Truman eventually finds out that his life is being controlled, and every decision is made for him because his life is actually a television show. He was born on television, and the television crew has filmed him his entire life.

The Truman Show is a wonderful piece of magnetic and thought provoking filmmaking. With the overlying mystery involved, the film always leaves the audience wondering what truly is going on. We see life through Truman's eyes, but also through the eyes of the director of the show played by Ed Harris. There is a lot of different hidden meanings scattered throughout the film. The main one being "you should be in control of your own destiny." It holds a strong level of emotion attached to the characters and to the deeper level that the movie brings to the table.

This movie is filmed in an incredibly spying like way. A lot of the angles take advantage of the fish eye lens style of filmmaking, and force you as an audience member to understand the privacy that is being deprived of Truman. The film also forces you to connect with Truman on a deeper level as he strives for something more in his daily life. He wants to vacation and he meets a girl because he knows his wife is a fake. We connect ourselves with Truman, we want more in life than just what is offered on a daily basis. 

The Truman Show forces it's audience to dig much deeper into their thought process. It forces us to understand the film on a more emotional level and connect with Truman and what is happening to him. With an excellent style of both editing, and how it's actually filmed, The Truman Show fires on all cylinders making for an excellent piece of thought provoking cinema. And on one final note; Good morning, and if I don't see you, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight!

Joshua's Score: 8/10

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