The Majestic

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

We’ll get to the plot of The Majestic in just a few short minutes, but first…let me give you my theories on Jim Carrey. Carrey, a very talented comic and stand up comedian, made the transition to movies some fifteen years ago. Granted, we only really remember him in his breakthrough role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective that was released in early 1994. The film was a sleeper hit for him that launched him into superstardom. He followed that up with The Mask in the Summer and then he completed the Hat Trick with one of my all-time favorites, Dumb and Dumber. You might say that 1994 was certainly Carrey’s year. But wait…there’s more! He then was cast as the Riddler in Batman Forever and then followed that up with a sequel to Ace Ventura in the Fall of 1995. He couldn’t miss. But there must be some calling in even the funniest of actors; there must be a calling to show the world you can act! So lately Carrey has been doing his share of dramatic work that includes such films as The Truman Show, Man in the Moon (in which he portrayed a comic, Andy Kaufman) and his most recent endeavor, The Majestic. So like him or hate him, he’s most likely here to stay. I’m not sure if we can ever take him too seriously as he talked out of his rear end in Ace Ventura, but hey…it’s Hollywood and anything can happen.

As we meet Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey), he is a screenwriter. He decides to take a ride up the coast and to avoid hitting an animal in the road, wrecks his car and ends up in the drink. He awakens with a case of amnesia and is led to a local town nearby who then mistake him as one of their sons who has supposedly been killed in World War II. Yep, you can essentially get all of this off the trailer and I’m not going to give too much away either. The movie runs 143 minutes and I don’t want you to watch all of that and know what happens in the end. Let’s just say that if you’re a fan of some older, more classic movies, then this might be right up your alley. Fans of Frank Capra will most assuredly like it. The Majestic, like most of Capra’s movies, concentrates on the ideals and morals of small town America. Like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Carrey is one man trying to find some truth in a world that he thought he understood; but cannot. The cast is varied, and it tends to favor the older actors (Landau and Holbrook in particular), but Carrey, despite his reputation as a comedic actor, is really good in the part here. What we need to do is accept him and realize that he does have talent. Then again, he can make us laugh; so he just might be around for a while.

Video: How does it look?

The Majestic is full of rich colors and a somewhat breathtaking image. The 1.85:1 image is enhanced for widescreen TV’s and Warner has given it the treatment here. Flesh tones are very natural and as I mentioned before, the palette used is very colorful and vivid; the colors seem to leap off the screen. Edge enhancement is not a problem and the clarity is unlike many movies that I’ve seen. I’d like to give this a "5", but something held me back from doing so. Still, the image is top notch and it makes watching the film a real treat.

Audio: How does it sound?

While the 5.1 soundtrack won’t most likely be used for demo purposes, it does have its strengths. For the most part, the dialogue takes control and the action is limited to the front part of your home theater. Surrounds, when used, are very effective as when Peter’s car goes over the bridge and into the water. There is a very full and robust sound stage here that is used and used to a very high extent. Again, it’s not the best soundtrack out there, but it does it’s job of making the movie more fun to watch and bringing you into the experience. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

Supplements: What are the extras?

Not containing that many supplements, The Majestic’s major feature is the "Movie within a movie" in which we see the full cut of "Sand Pirates of the Sahara". There are some text-based screens about the Hollywood Ten blacklisted screenwriters and director. Some cast bios were included as was the trailer presented in anamorphic widscreen.

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