The Truman Show (#82)
I’m sad to say it, but I was underwhelmed by this movie. The premise is cool, and it’s devotedly realized, but it fell flat for me. There was just so much more I wanted explored about the character’s psyches that wasn’t. As I was watching, the question I was asking wasn’t: “Will Truman escape?” but rather: “Once Truman’s escaped, will he choose to stay in the real world or return to the safety of the TV show?” Granted, that would have ruined the most fulfilling moment of the movie - the end (I don’t mean that sarcastically. I really thought the ending was great.) - but it was what was keeping me engaged throughout. The real emotions brought by Ed Harris (well deserving his Oscar nom) and Noah Emmerich are what made me really like the movie while the performances of other character - predominantly Laura Linney - made it a somewhat painful process. So yeah. I get why people like it, but I was left feeling flat.