The Truman Show

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“Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!” More fun, cos we all need it. But also a film about how life can be both real and artificial, and how we accept our current reality even if it can sometimes be a prison. It really is beautiful.

“The Truman Show” is a perfect two act movie (with acts split in half). The final quarter basically re-starts the movie, and there is no third act. We never find out what happens to Truman. It’s left to our imagination. Two act structure is compelling because it reflects our lives – things don’t end and we carry on as best we can, whatever our new circumstances.

Despite that, this is as far from real life as you can get – which is part of its genius. It’s an amazing movie, based on a “Twilight Zone” episode, about a man who discovers he’s stuck in a TV show that has no ending (do you see what I’m getting at?) It’s directed by the great Peter Weir. And I don’t think Jim Carrey has ever been as good.

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