The Majestic (2001)

The Majestic (2001)
  • Time: 152 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Frank Darabont
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Laurie Holden, Bob Balaban


Jim Carrey plays Peter Appleton, an egoistic studio script writer in post-WW2 Hollywood. Appleton’s career is just getting off the ground when his name comes to the attention of a Congressional committee investigating the Communist affiliations of prominent Americans. Finding himself blacklisted by his studio, Appleton drinks too much then goes for a long drive to try and sort things out. He awakens on a deserted beach near a small town only to discover he has amnesia and can’t remember anything about his past. But that doesn’t stop the town residents from remembering him as Luke Trimble, a much beloved home-town kid to whom Appleton bears an uncanny resemblance. In the weeks that follow, the townspeople “remind” Appleton why Luke was so well-liked, and finds himself living up to a new set of values he never possessed prior to his accident — and liking himself the better for it.

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  • This movie is a great early departure for Carrey. Getting away from his characteristic “funny-man” mystique, Carrey pulls off his dramatic very well, I think. Set in the 1950’s days during the Marxist witch hunt in Hollywood, Carrey ends up in a small town where the locals think him to be a returned war hero, although he has no idea where he has come from because of a trauma wound to his head. Donned “Luke” by the locals, he goes through the motions, trying to remember his life and reclaim his position in the community. Luke struggles as he helps to rebuild the local theater named “The Majestic” which boosts the spirit of the town. Luke later begins to remember who he really is and struggles with how to break the truth to the small town, especially the girl that he has learned to love.

    The Majestic is a wonderful family movie for the whole family. Dealing with the loss and regain of life, love, and happiness, The Majestic is a movie about never losing hope and what a community can accomplish when they come together. What one man loses, he regains, while what one man regains, he later loses as well. There are some wonderful role reversals of several characters throughout the film. I really enjoyed how the town was so eager to turn against Luke as he was implicated by the incoming FBI agents, which is so characteristic of human nature. The politics of this historic event (blacklisted Marxists in Hollywood) in our past are clearly depicted. Especially as the newly self-identified “Peter Appleton” rises to the occasion and stands for what is right as he puts down his false-accusers. As the end of the movie comes full-circle, the viewer is left pondering on many of our current social issues. “When bullies rise up, the rest of us have to beat them back down, whatever the cost” says Luke, in a love letter to his girlfriend. The Majestic is a beautiful movie that I would recommend to anyone.

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