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Jim Carey is a Hollywood Writer who is named as having possible Communist ties in the McCarthy witchhunt for communists period in our history. (If you were named as a possible Communist, you were blackballed until your name was cleared--guilty before proven innocent. By the way, you cleared yourself by being investigated and naming someone else.)
Jim gets disgusted when, after being accused, the plug on his film project is pulled and he takes off for a drive. He has an accident, loses his memory, and wakes up on the beach in a small town where he is recognized as Martin Landau's son Luke, who went off to war and has been gone for many years.
It's a great flick about a town who gave up more than it's share of young men to fight in the war and many never returned. The whole town celebrates Luke's return as he rekindles his former love relationship with his girl and fond remeberances with the town's people, in the backlight are the McCarthy trials and how they infringe on the rights of the people.
Like I said, great story line. You fall in love with the whole town as it enfolds.
The slow pace and the length of this film permit full character development. Viewers really get to know the characters and to care about them and their lives. Especially wonderful in her role was Laurie Holden, an actress who was new to me but who did a magnificent job in the role of Carrey's girlfriend. Her down-to-earth performance was right on target.
The Majestic, a run-down movie theater, becomes the rallying point for the townspeople - a symbol of the re-birth of a young man who has returned from the dead and the regeneration of a town which lost over 60 young men in the war. The entire town embraces Luke and rallies behind he and his father as they attempt to resuscitate the defunct theater.
This ode to America and its freedoms came as a welcome change. It was a delightful, easy-to-watch, nostalgic movie with a feel-good message, showing patriotic, small-town values. What could be wrong with that?
I don't know why The Majestic ended up being a relative sleeper. (For that matter, I don't know why Saving Grace, Pure Luck, and other brilliant movies with brilliant acting ended up that way, either.) Except for in the Majestic, the lead was played by a man who everyone expects to see playing someone wacky or stupid, no exceptions. It's a shame. Carey was brilliant in this thought-provoking, heart-warming film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great script excellent performances. Carey is really on his game. The entire movie has a Frank Capra-es que feel to it.Published 9 days ago by Christopher Impinna
The best movie I've ever seen Jim Carrey in. Brought you back to a time of simplicityPublished 9 days ago by Robert L. Oday
Great movie, it's odd to watch Jim Carrey in a serious role but he does a great job IMHO.Published 10 days ago by Timothy J. Horneman
Very touching movie that made me smile, laugh and cry... I highly recommend!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
More Americans need to watch this movie. It is a good movie about our country.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is in a very small file marked "PERFECT MOVIES" If you like Jim Carrey..... Watch it..... If you don't like Jim Carrey...... Watch it!!! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Piano Man
You don't really know what Jim Carey can do until you see this movie. A real treat - and a real surprise to those who only see Carey as a silly comedian. Beautiful movie.Published 19 days ago by michie
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