The subtext about identity and public faces versus private selves is interesting, but not the focus. The Mask was a perfect vehicle for Jim Carrey. The success of the film wholly depends on Carrey, as he has to sell his characters' frenzied insanity so that it's believable as a reflection of Stanley's inner self while at the same time likable but teetering on the edge of becoming obnoxiously overbearing. It not only allowed provided the perfect justification to flamboyantly engage in his rubber-faced antics in a manner even more over-the-top than what he'd become famous for, but it provided an opportunity to stretch his acting chops towards a more serious side at just the right time in his career, paving the way for later work such as Man on the Moon 1999 , The Majestic 2001 and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004. But, he still does his character justice and performs to his full potential. But, a major surprise was Joseph Gordon-Levitt who portrays an ordinary police officer and pulls of an unexpectedly awesome performance. The veterans Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine went about their job as if it was just another day at the office.
Finally, I would like to thank Christopher Nolan for portraying Batman in a way no one ever thought was possible and for making one the best trilogy of all time. The audience is treated to everything from silent film slapstick to lavish musical numbers with excellent songs , frenzied Tex Avery-styled animation to gangster film suspense. Nolan spent a lot of money and he made it visible in the movie. This gave a chance to Christian Bale to show off his acting skills without the mask and he did a fine job. Now, when he puts it on, he becomes his inner, self: a cartoon romantic wild man. Besides, we've had later films where that subtext has been closer to the heart of a story, such as Catwoman 2004 , and where it was very thoroughly and competently dealt with. The movie connects all the dots from the previous movies and provides a fitting end to the saga.
Stanley Ipkiss is a bank clerk that is an incredibly nice man. Unfortunately, he is too nice for his own good and is a pushover when it comes to confrontations. In the theatrical version she supposedly leaves the printing plant after getting her money; the longer version shows the Masked Dorian killing her by throwing her inside the presses. On its surface, the film is a crazy, often funny, hyperactively paced cinematic pastiche. The Mask is notable for both spoofing almost the whole history of cinema while at the same time respectfully paying homage to it.
The special effects, sound and action were out of the world. After Ipkiss's alter ego indirectly kills his friend in crime, Tyrel now wants this green-faced goon destroyed. The movie is everything you want it to be. Reviews As this movie was the most awaited movie of the decade, I obviously wanted to watch it as soon as possible. It would be fine to explore further, but to do so in this particular film would have taken too much time away from Carrey's surrealistic tour de force.
For example, he buys hot concert tickets to try to get a date with a fellow bank employee he's been pining after, but she easily scams him into keeping the tickets for herself, and he is too weak to publicly object. Many aspects of The Mask differed from the comic book source material, but this is a case where the changes led to such an excellent result that most people have forgotten about the source material and primarily remember Carrey's performance in this film as definitive. Although, personally I liked The Dark Knight better. » Stanley Ipkiss Jim Carrey is a bit of a dorky pushover. The other cast members are fine in supporting roles, with Cameron Diaz coming across as being almost otherworldly beautiful, but Carrey is rarely off-screen, and rightly so.
. Of course, the amazing special effects and make-up help, as well as the clever script and more than competent directing and cinematography, but with the wrong actor in the part, the whole affair could have easily collapsed. The story is very well told and there is enough of Nolan-kind twists. After one of the worst days of his life, he finds a mask that depicts Loki, the Norse night god of mischief. . . .
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