- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (413 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001GQUBTM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,837 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
The major problem I have with "The Truman Show" is that it gives up its secret too early. A much more suspenseful movie could have been made if the audience, along with the protagonist, were kept in the dark longer. The sense of discovery these two entities could have shared would be staggering, the ultimate revelation of the man behind the curtain. I understand why the movie didn't go this way. I understand why director Peter Weir, a sensible sort, didn't want his movie to be about a gimmick (oh what a gimmick it would have been!). He was aiming for a bigger metaphor, and I think he hit it just perfectly.
The town/studio that the filmmakers have created is a wonder to behold. Self-contained, it's designed to both steer Truman along his daily path, so that the camera can catch the product placements which are the sole source of the show's revenue, and to psychologically torment him, so that he'll never ever think of leaving. It's a town filled with little flourishes that only the discerning viewer will catch. Did you notice that the garbage can his neighbour is always carrying has an eyehole? It's just one touch, unexplained throughout that film's first half that contributed to the flawless tapestry of the town.
The film is structured wonderfully.Read more ›