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The Majestic (2001 – PG)

March 25, 2009

Originally posted on November 20, 2003


Story

In The Majestic, a struggling screenwriter becomes embroiled in the anti-communism crusades of the 1950s, loses his place in Hollywood, and subsequently drowns his sorrows in alcohol.  When he leaves the bar, he ends up rolling his car off a bridge and into the Pacific northwest coastline.  He awakens with no memory, but soon discovers something he never knew, courage and a willingness to do what is right regardless of the repercussions.

Story = 20

Cast

Jim Carrey, Bob Balaban, Hal Holbrook, Laurie Holden, Martin Landau, David Ogden Stiers, Ron Rifkin, and James Whitmore all star in this modern classic.  Carrey is perfect in this role.  The film has a “Capra-like” quality to it, and a wholesomeness seldom seen in characters in recent releases.  Voice work is done by Matt Damon, Garry Marshall, Sydney Pollack, Carl Reiner, and Rob Reiner.  As if that wasn’t enough, Bruce Campbell also has a role.

Cast = 20

Soundtrack/Score

Full of period music and American musical masterpieces.

Soundtrack/Score = 18

Quote/Catch Phrase

Hmm.  I hate when I can’t think of a really good line for movies that I really, really, really like.  Unfortunately, as I haven’t seen this movie in quite some time, The Majestic falls under this category too.  There are two really moving scenes that I feel are especially good however.  One, is when Carrey’s character is reading the letter of Luke to his fiance Adele that was written while he was in Europe during the war.  The second, and even more moving, is when Carrey’s character is brought before the Senate Judiciary hearing.  His stance, his mannerisms, and his words could have just as easily been seen in a Frank Capra film starring Jimmy Stewart.  I am not going to show either scene’s lines in completion here as they are too long.  If you don’t know the scenes in question, then I heartily recommend that you watch the movie again, or for the first time.

Quote/Catch Phrase = 16

Rewatchability

I love Frank Capra.  He is by far my favorite director.  This is the only movie in the last 40 years or so that comes even remotely close to capturing a smidgen of the charm and quality that exudes from the classic Capra films.  As such, The Majestic scores high in this category even though the majority of the movie going crowd hated Carrey in this film, and the film itself.

The public sucks.  This is the same public who drives the demand that offers us such “musical” greats as The Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, and Brittney Spears.  Yeah, we should trust their judgment.

Rewatchability = 20

(EDIT from 2009 – I no longer consider Capra my sole favorite director, but he is in my favorite five.)

Total Score = 94

If, by now, you haven’t gotten the clue, I really love this film.  There are only a handful of actors and movies that can truly compare with the greatest movies of all time, and I feel that this movie and Carrey’s performance have serious cause for discussion in regards to their place among the greats.

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  1. April 2, 2010 10:19 pm

    Thank you… so nice to see that the world isn’t completely insane and devoid of good taste in movies! I love this movie and also a big Capra fan. I have one of the last autographed photos of Capra before he passed away many years ago. We corresponded in letters so I feel good knowing I got to tell the maestro how much I loved his movies.

    Anyway, I blogged about this movie too. http://dorianocarta.com/the-majestic/
    I am bummed that they removed the clip of the letter scene which was the best part of the movie! It was perfect for the time the movie was released too.

    Thanks again for sharing your love of this great movie too.

    Pai

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