WHEN: January 21st at 3pm EST, paused at 3:42pm and resumed at 3:50pm
WHERE: At my parents’ house in Fairfield
FORMAT: DVD on a 29” Phillips tube TV; this ain’t no fancy flat screen
COMPANY: My parents, who had yet to see this movie and knew nothing about it
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Kind of down, but not really, if that makes any sort of sense
REACTIONS OF NOTE:
-My mother was very excited about the MacGyver trailer in the opening bit of the previews.
-My mother pointed out how the sun setting and the moon being in the sky are not at all how it appears in nature. The set of Truman was flawed. I had not yet noticed that while watching.
-Truman’s radio, the globe-and-the-moon one, is the coolest radio I have ever seen, and I want one.
-Meryl’s fingers look oddly shaped when Truman sees that they are crossed in their wedding photo.
-My parents also like the “it could happen to you” poster.
-Marlon looks like a serial killer when he enters Truman’s house at the end of the fight that Truman and Meryl are having.
-My mother also pointed out, “He can’t drive a bus either,” at the part where the same cast member is having difficulties with the ferry.
-“He is not going to drown him” and “what an asshole,” in reference to Christof when Truman is on the boat at the very end.
-I don’t know if it was intentional, but there is a very weird “walking on water” allegory-type thing when Truman is walking on the edge of the ocean.
First off: My movie lacks any sort of sticking power, like references or quotables. Bill has taken it upon himself to play the soundtrack, which is instrumental as far as I can remember, in the car when we go to places together. It is worth mentioning that I remember the movie and think about it more when someone purposely reminds me of it, but other than those instances, I don’t really think about The Truman Show all too much.
This was the first time I have watched this movie with anyone who audibly reacted. Nick did not really say anything or do anything when we watched this together on week one. My parents generally liked the movie and I was glad to watch it with someone who enjoyed it. I was told that, “It was better than I expected,” which might be a hint that I tend to watch the less classy films. I enjoy Judge Dredd, Talladega Nights, and Hackers, so… yeah.
I noticed that this is a movie that has the least to do with what time period in which it was made. High Fidelity is chock-full of the mid-ish 90’s (even though it was made in 2000, the Nick Hornby book which it is based off of takes place in the early to mid 90’s, I think), Spider-Man 3 is… yeah, and Bill has talked about the relationship between the 80’s and Top Gun.
The technology they use in the show within the movie is advanced enough to put the timing of the show anywhere from the 90’s to the present. The car models (only because I pay attention to that sort of thing) are also indicative of the time period. And that is about it. There is no prominent style of dress that defines the era, and all of the cast wardrobe seems to be ripped from the 50’s.
The only thing that really screams 90’s is the aid on Moon Base Christof.
Twin barrettes? Eww.
For the love of god, why?
That is for the better, since not clearly defining an era can let the movie live on a while longer. I mean, Saturday Night Fever was cool and all, I guess, but disco died.
The fashion died too, Thor be praised.
So Truman does not really stand out, but as a result, I think it has aged the best out of our four movies. Way better than Spider-Man 3, at least.
On a side note, my mother will be happy that I did not make any references to drinking or being naked, nor did I swear during this viewing write-up.