Truly timeless: The Truman Show

Seiya Mutreja, Editor

“The Truman Show,” directed by Peter Weir, was released on June 5, 1998. With over 24 awards, the movie has left its mark on history.

The movie stars Jimmy Carrey as Truman Burbank. In the film, as a baby, Truman is adopted by a corporation in an attempt to make more “real” television content. From his birth to his nightly routine, every moment of Truman’s life gets captured by cameras around a massive set that Truman knows as Seaside, Florida. Thus, Truman is the unknowing star of a popular TV show produced by Christoff, played by Ed Harris. Out in the real world, people love the show and watch it religiously. They are often shown having emotional reactions to what is or is not happening in Truman’s life. The movie follows Truman and the show’s audience as he becomes aware of his situation and attempts to escape it.

Carrey delivered a masterful performance of Burbank, using more frenzied actions to show the Trumans increased volatility. Through his performance, the audience could understand the confusion and frustration felt by the character and reflect on implicit themes. 

The plot has been noted as one of the most original in the American film industry. From politics to social norms to fears associated with the age of information, “The Truman Show” explores a myriad of themes. It is a reflection of the increasing absurdity of Hollywood culture and the “insatiable public.” Through scenes portraying the viewers of the show and their obsession with it, the film highlights the absurdity of popular culture. Additionally, the film explores the multifaceted nature of the truth, showing the stability and comfort many seek out in illusions. In doing so, the movie gives insight into how society is often willing to ignore its suspicions in favor of the comfort that comes from sticking to what you know.

Overall, the light humor and wit in the film engage the audience with the deeper and darker themes explored. “The Truman Show” is a timeless piece with ideas that still resonate with audiences today.