Sight and Sound - 05/01/2002
"...Carrey can create an entire narrative atmosphere simply by acting with his face and it is this ability -- boyish charm balanced on the edge of mania that makes him such a mesmeric screen presence..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/20/2002
"...Capraesque in every atom of its being, the movie gives Carrey the kinds of scenes Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper used to play....One of the year's best..."
In THE MAJESTIC, Jim Carrey stretches his talents and proves that he can be a credible serious actor with his portrayal of Peter Appleton, a Hollywood B-movie screenwriter who is black listed during the McCarthy era. A car accident costs him his memory, and in the small coastal town where he ends up, he is mistaken for a local hero, presumed dead almost ten years ago in the war. Unable to recall anything of his "past" in the town, Appleton not only embraces his new identity, but becomes a pillar of the community, restoring hope that the residents lost along with many of their young men in World War II. In the process, he discovers new inspiration, new purpose, and a new life.
Director Frank Darabont, true to form, tells a leisurely tale of a man's renewed faith in himself and in others. The film is an homage to old-fashioned values and proud-to-be-an-American patriotism, studded with rock-solid performances not just by Carrey, but by film veterans Martin Landau, Hal Holbrook, and Ron Rifkin, among others. Listen as well for cameo voice overs by Garry Marshall, Matt Damon, and Carl and Rob Reiner.
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