Review – The Majestic (2001)

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the-majestic-56d5bf0d6f312Welcome to Media Month |Movies on Movies Week – Day 3. A few years back, I marathon-watched all of the Jim Carrey films in existence to review them, even the extremely hard-to-find ones. Understandably, I’ve already seen and reviewed The Majestic at that point in time. What’s a little surprising, however, is how my rating has ultimately dropped. I’m also a day late with this review. My apologies; it turns out placing blue tape all over your new house takes a long time. Especially in the kitchen. So, let’s get started by talking about the plot.

Peter Appleton is a script writer during the 1950’s who is suspected to be a Communist among many Hollywood film people (which is not true). Along the way, he gets into a freak car accident and suffers amnesia, then ends up in a small California town. There he lives in a run down movie theatre where he learns the magic of experiencing a movie in it. Soon, the Communist hunters find him and call him to testify before a Senate hearing committee. – IMDb

So, while watching this film with my current rating system, I’ve noticed a couple of major things. Firstly, this is an unnecessarily long film. Two and a half hours for a film like this seems a little over-the-top because it is. Secondly, there’s no real plot. Had they removed the introduction entirely so that the audience had no idea if he was actually Luke or not, the film would’ve been so much better. There would’ve been clues here and there as to who he really is, the inciting incident would be when he goes from complete amnesia to when someone claims they knew who he was. By knowing who he is the whole time, I feel like a little bit of the magic was lost.

None of this means the movie was bad by any means, of course; I just thought it wasn’t as good as I remember it being. So let’s go ahead and break down The Majestic to interpret the stars, shall we?

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PEOPLE SCORE – 9/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 2|Casting – 2|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 2

First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting, and thankfully, the acting was noticeably great. These characters were diverse, unique, and most importantly, memorable. I am convinced that nobody else can play these characters. They are perfect for these roles. In this film, there were characters that certainly held independent importance and purpose, but not enough. The main characters basically held the importance while everyone else sorta blended together. Everyone in this film really worked well together. Their chemistry was off the charts – other than some of the romantic stuff.

WRITING SCORE – 8/10
Dialogue – 2|Balanced – 1|Story – 1|Originality – 2|Interesting – 2

Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue, which was actually really well thought out. There’s a lot of memorable lines, and just the way people speak is hard to forget. Now, this film isn’t as well-balanced as it could’ve easily been. It loses its own focus here and there, making the film feel a little bit longer than it should normally feel. When it comes to the actual story, I can’t really say it’s the best. It’s got a few things here and there that I think a lot of people will enjoy, but it’s certainly not the greatest story ever told. In my opinion, I also think this film feels fresh and pretty darn original. Was this movie interesting? Of course, it was, don’t be silly. I was all-in for this one.

BTS SCORE – 7/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 2

Next up, we’re taking a look at behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals. In this case, the visuals were pretty standard and typical to what you’d expect. Nothing blows you away, nothing looks horrible, either. It is what it is, folks. Next, we’re taking a look at the directing, which slips by without you noticing it. That’s right, there wasn’t anything difficult or challenging for the director. They could’ve hired any director for the job and the movie would be exactly the same. Nothing challenging or difficult in the editor’s desk, folks. They stitched the movie together just fine, but there’s nothing else to report here, because even a kid could probably do it. As with most films, I consider this film to be exactly as-advertised, which is good. This doesn’t happen often, but I’m awfully glad when it does. The music in this film is pretty fantastic. So good, in fact, that I really wouldn’t mind listening to a soundtrack of the film just to hear them again. Yep, yep, yep!

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 9/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 1|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2

Next up, we’re chugging right along into the narrative arc category, which is one of the easiest categories to score highly in. First up, we’re looking at the introduction, which did perfectly. By the inciting incident, we knew who everyone was, the basic setting, and what’s going on in these people’s lives. How about the inciting incident? That was perfectly clear and set the rest of the film up for a good ride. How were the obstacles? Well, I’ll say this much…there weren’t much. There was one main obstacle that they worked on for a while, but that was about it. How was the climax? The climax was perfect. It felt like a perfect culmination of everything else put together, just as it should. Lastly, we’re gonna talk about the falling action, which was really great. It had a nice little caling down moment and a definite returning to a new norm moment as well, so that’s good.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 6/10
Rewatchability – 2|Fun – 1|Impulse/Buy – 1|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 2

Next up, we’re asking if this film is any good to be considered entertaining when all is said and done. First up, we ask if it is rewatchable, to which I say…yes! I would have no issues checking out this movie again! Did I have fun while watching it, at least? To a degree, yeah, but that really just had to come down to a few scenes here and there, not the entire film. Would I like to buy this movie? Well, maybe…if it was either on sale for cheaper or if I just bought the digital copy. What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? I really have no impulse to tell anybody about it, honestly. Does this suck you in, though? Oh, definitely. I never once had a problem getting lured into everything that was happening in this film.

SPECIALTY SCORE – 40/50
Weekly Theme – 5|Jim Carrey – 10|Drama – 10|Romance – 5|Halfway Decent – 10

Now onto the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing the movie. First of all, how does this fit into the weekly theme of Movies about Movies? Well, sort of, the plot certainly centers on a lot of people rebuilding an old theater as well as Hollywood business, but it’s not really about that. It’s about people at its core, so I can only give half points for the weekly theme. How was this as a Jim Carrey film? I honestly believe this is one of his best performances in general, so I gotta give full points here. As a drama, the film meets all of the requirements necessary to get full points. As a romance, however, it was nearly there, but I still couldn’t feel the chemistry. It was written really well and performed just as well, but the chemistry just wasn’t there for me this time. As for being halfway decent, why not?

TOTAL – 79/100

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