Today is Canada Day, and as part of our celebrations, we thought we’d take a look at perhaps Canada’s funniest export: Jim Carrey. Now, Jim Carrey is my favourite actor of all time. That might sound odd compared to who people usually choose but it’s true. And if I could, I’d put most of his filmography as essentials. But for now, we’ll slim it down, and present to you the best films of his career.
Some honourable mentions here to his side splitting comedies The Mask, Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and his severely underrated 1996 film The Cable Guy. Also, a quick nod to his underrated and underheard of 2001 masterpiece, The Majestic, in which he gives one of the best performances of his life.
1994 was the year Jim’s career took off like a rocket, with three hit comedies out within months of each other, and to date they’re three of his most successful and well loved films. The first of which was this comedy gem, starring Carrey as Ace Ventura, an eccentric and possibly crazy pet detective who is hired by football officials to find Snowflake, a dolphin who served as the mascot for The Miami Dolphins and has been kidnapped two weeks before the Super Bowl. The film made a name for Jim Carrey and to date is one of his weirdest and craziest performances, but a hilarious film no less.
Jim can be quite underrated when it comes to his dramatic performances, and sadly he was snubbed for an Oscar nomination for this beautiful film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Joel (Carrey), a quiet, down on his luck guy meets an eccentric young woman named Clementine (Kate Winslet). The two fall in love, and eventually, things turn sour. The pair decided to have their memories of each other erased, but it’s through the process of loss that they discover what they had in the first place and that they don’t want to lose it. Carrey and Winslet give some of the best performances of their careers, along with supporting acts from Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson and Elijah Wood. Top that off with Mihcel Gondry’s beautiful direction and you’ve got a weird, funny, sweet and melancholic romance that everyone needs to see
Back to 1994, Ace Ventura and The Mask have proved huge hits for Carrey, and closing the year was his stellar comedy Dumb and Dumber. Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Carrey) are best friends, roommates, and total idiots. After driving a beautiful socialite (Lauren Holly) to the airport, Lloyd falls in love with her. He sees that she’s left her briefcase at the airport, and convinces Harry to go on a road trip to Aspen and give it back to her. What they don’t realise is, that briefcase was full of money, and was left for some hardened criminals who are going to be looking for it....
Quite possibly the best comedy he’s ever made, Dumb and Dumber is hilarious, ridiculous and hugely rewatchable, with a fantastically funny performance from Jeff Daniels.
And now ladies and gents for the film that made me a film buff, Man on the Moon. Man on the Moon is based on the life of comedian Andy Kaufman, and is named for the famous R.E.M song about him. Carrey brings Kaufman to life, and with all his eccentricities and quirks, he was perfect casting. Danny Devito and Paul Giamatti hand in great performances as Kaufman’s manager and best friend, and Courtney Love delivers a performance almost as good as her one in The People vs. Larry Flynt. Man on the Moon is hilarious and heartbreaking, and a fascinating take on a fascinating man.
Finally it’s time for the film that should’ve earned him a Best Actor nomination. Truman Burbank has a nice life; lives in a quiet town, with good neighbours, and a loving wife. There’s only one catch: This town is a sound stage, the setting for a reality TV show where Truman is the star, and since his birth, audiences all over have been keeping up with the drama and tales of his life. Thing is, Truman has no idea, but soon enough he gets suspicious and starts losing grip on his sanity. Ed Harris received a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role as director Christof, but his performance didn’t even touch Carrey’s, who gave the best performance of his career, as he takes on a role that requires him to be distressed, edgy, emotionally unstable but with enough wiggle room to allow him to be his kooky itself. The film is a masterpiece, one of the best of the 90s, but Lord knows how they intend to make a TV show of this....
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