A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!
Goofball, idiot, maniac, fool, whacko, psycho. Whatever you call him, there’s no doubt that Jim Carrey is one of the most recognised and stylistically unique talents of the past 25 years.
His over-the-top antics both on and off screen have shaped his status amongst the Hollywood elite and have made him a household, family name.
Surprisingly, his top 5 films in which he has starred are primarily made up of his more serious and bolder roles.
Beneath the surface, Carrey is a brilliant actor with absolutely no limits. Sure, his films of late have been flops and many believe that he has passed it, yet Carrey’s legacy will continue on for many a year to come.
Here are Jim Carrey’s top 5 films in my opinion.
1 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Without question, Carrey’s greatest ever film (to date). Michel Gondry caught my attention with “The Science of Sleep” (2006), an incredible journey into the subconscious and a fantastic example of contemporary surrealism. Even with 2008’s “Be Kind Rewind” and The White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With a Girl” video clip, Gondry shows that he possesses a heavily gifted and creative filmic mind. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, Gondry’s second full length feature and his best one to date is a beautiful and endearing tale about love, memory, loss and acceptance. Emotional and serious, Carrey is at his best acting-wise and proves that his range stretches further than his slapstick, impression-based routes.
2 – The Truman Show (1998)
Peter Weir’s 1998 classic says a lot about modern day society and has in many ways, acted as a bold statement for the way we are heading. “The Truman Show” is yet another emotional journey starring Jim Carrey that exhibits his supreme acting abilities. Directed fantastically and cleverly constructed, “The Truman Show” has been the source of inspiration for numerous reality television shows and films dealing with similar intrusive and voyueristic themes.
3 – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Carrey’s breakout role and one of his most definitive. Very goofy and eccentric, Ace Ventura is a classic Carrey character that paved the way for his career thereafter. Timeless and loads of fun, “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” is fun for everyone and showcases Carrey as he was blossoming in the mainstream.
4 – Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Many roll their eyes at this film. However, as ridiculous, outrageous and downright stupid this film may be, it is still highly enjoyable. Just as the audience believe that things have peaked in terms of ridiculousness, “Dumb and Dumber” takes it up a peg and then some! The bus with the supermodels always seems to get me!
5 – Bruce Almighty (2003)
A controversial way to finish off the top 5 in some ways.
Bruce Nolan is a man who is passionately convinced that not just God but the universe in general is against him. After he is given these omniscient powers, so to speak, Nolan embarks on a vast adventure of self discovery and eye opening experiences that ultimately change him for the better. This is yet another emotionally captivating Carrey performance that is at times, truly striking.