The Mask (1994)

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The Mask (1994)
  • Time: 97 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
  • Director: Chuck Russell
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Greene

Storyline:

Stanley Ipkiss is a bank clerk that is an incredibly nice man. Unfortunately, he is too nice for his own good and is a pushover when it comes to confrontations. After one of the worst days of his life, he finds a mask that depicts Loki, the Norse night god of mischief. Now, when he puts it on, he becomes his inner, self: a cartoony romantic wild man. However, a small time crime boss, Dorian Tyrel, comes across this character dubbed “The Mask” by the media. After Ipkiss’s alter ego indirectly kills his friend in crime, Tyrel now wants this green-faced goon destroyed.

One review

  • The Mask has got to be one of the best comedies ever, everything here smells originality. If you’ve seen a Jim Carrey movie you know his style, he tends to overdo a little sometimes but he manages to stay funny, a lot of people don’t like him because of all the weird stuff he throws in while acting, but this movie can change some minds about Carrey. The Mask follows the story of Stanley Ipkins, an average guy who finds an ancient Scandinavian mask, it contains within the Norse god Loki banished and imprisoned, now whoever puts on the mask gets possesses by the joker spirit of the god gaining incredible powers and the will to cause problems.

    In The Mask Carrey plays two characters, one is the more-than-regular Stanley Ipkins, who’s a shy fan of cartoons and works at a bank, he’s not good with the ladies and the world seems to conspire against him at all costs, luck sure doesn’t seem to enjoy playing on the side of Ipkins at all. The other is when he puts on the mask and transforms himself into a green-masked party-boy maniac, ready to joke all around town, all his romantic repression is unleashed and he starts acting in a cartoony style much like the cartoons he enjoys so much seeing. There are funny scenes all around but the highlights are when Carrey puts on the mask, including dance scenes; one is particularly funny because it has a cover music track of Cuban Pete sang by Carrey himself, seems like the song was destined to be funny. The movie also features the debut of Cameron Diaz when she actually looked cute and not a super-sized barbie doll.

    If you like Carrey you really should see this movie because it’s one of the best stuff Carrey ever pulled. If you’re not a fan, you can still enjoy it because he also plays a normal character that’s actually normal, without the weird faces, with the crazy stuff being performed by his masked person, although the crazyness is probably boosted, it’s easily understandable since he’s indeed possessed. If you’re still not convinced about Carrey maybe his comedies aren’t for you, you can probably enjoy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind anyway.

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