The Majestic (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Please note: in order to comply with the new federal Internet regulations, this review will be close-captioned for the Gilligan-impaired
At the beginning of the film, Jim Carrey is a Hollywood big shot with a fancy car and hot babes on his arm. Then he does one thing to bring it all down.
You guessed it: Ace Ventura 2 - When Nature Calls
Oh, wait a minute. I need to tell you what Jim's character does to screw it all up. He's a commie. He wants to overthrow the U.S. Government with violence, then establish a rule wherein we all call each other comrade, wear cheap suits, and talk with thick accents. At least that's what J. Edgar thinks.
What Jimbo really did was to attend a meeting of an unknown group with his would-be girlfriend. I think you can see already how simple the morality of the film will be. It could be an intelligent film if Jimbo really were a Commie, or actually had knowingly attended a Commie meeting, or at least attended the meeting because he was interested in their principles. But no-o-o-o-o.
|You see, in this type of film it is essential that there be no room for thought, no shades of grey. Jim is completely innocent, the FBI is completely unreasonable in pursuing him for a blind date.||
Jimbo is understandably upset that J. Edgar wants him to lose his cushy job and go to a poke-im-in-the-ass prison because of something so completely innocuous, so he does what any of us would do. He gets rip-roarin' drunk and drives his car off a bridge.
Then I forget what happens next, because I just struck my head on my computer and it gave me amnesia.
You don't believe me? You shouldn't. Neither should you believe him when the same thing happens to him, proving once and for all that Hollywood employs no writer with any actual ideas.
Gilligan gets hit in the head by a cocoanut
A few days later, Jimbo washes up somewhere along the California coastline, having been carried out to sea.
After Gilligan loses his memory, he falls asleep on a raft which the professor is working on, and is carried away by the tides.
The current dumps him in a town where -
1. although the population of the entire town is approximately 100 people, they lost 60 boys to WW2.
2. one of the sixty lost boys looked exactly like Jim Carrey.
3. the entire population is white and middle-class, except one black man, who is a war hero
Gilligan's raft comes ashore on another island where the natives have a graven image of their Great One, as foretold in the ancient prophecies. The image looks exactly like - Gilligan.
Needless to say, the reappearance of one of their dead war heroes gives the town a new dream it never dared to dream. Crops are revitalized. Lovers are reunited. Lepers are cured. People follow Jim around town, hoping only to touch the hem of his garment. When he rides into town on an ass, they strew palms in his path ...
The simple islanders make Gilligan their king
...then they crucify him.
Or maybe I have it confused with King of Kings. I guess they don't actually crucify him when he proves not to be their lost hero, but they would have if the FBI hadn't gotten him first.
Gilligan finds out that the natives are cannibals who honor their king by eating him. Fortunately, his memory returns, and ... blah, blah
I don't feel like describing this any more. I think you have the picture outlined clearly. You know Jim doesn't know who he is, so he tries to become the missing war hero. You know the FBI is hot on his trail. And if you have seen any episodes of Gilligan, you know that he always gets his memory back in the end, so all that is no secret.
The title of the film comes from the movie theater in the old town, which was run by Jimbo's dad, and closed down after the war because ... well, they never really specified the reasons, but I think we can assume that it was because everyone in the town of working age was dead. That had to hurt ticket sales. Jimbo's re-appearance inspired his dad to re-open the theater, its Renaissance representing a similar rebirth for the town itself.
Many people have said the film longs for a simpler America. No so. In fact, very misleading. America was just as complicated, maybe more complicated, in the period from the invention of talkies until the Red Scare. But the movies were simpler, and they portrayed us in a simple idealized way that never really existed. This movie doesn't want to return us to the way we really were in the 1950's, but to they way we were portrayed in the 1950's, ala Ozzie and Harriet.
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