Majestic, The

March 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

You’ll hear the word ‘Capra-esque’ used a lot describing films set in small American towns. And it’s no fault of Capra’s that the sickly sweetness of his films show us a slice of Americana at odds with today’s political climate.

An up and coming Hollywood screenwriter (Carrey) finds himself blacklisted by the McCarthyist commie witch hunts that permeated Hollywood in the 1950s. He crashes his car, loses his memory, and is mistaken for the war hero son of an atypical Capra town, where he rediscovers a wonderful life of small town values, love and family that don’t belong to him.

It’s actually when the ‘Capra-esque-ness’ is dropped and the commie hunters catches up with him that the tone changes, the film takes off and something important is established.

The Sight & Sound

Widescreen 1.85:1, Dolby Digital 5.1

The Extras

Cast & Crew list, deleted scenes and the cheesy climax to Sand Pirates of the Sahara, the film taking Peter Appleton (Carrey) into the A list.

There’s also the theatrical trailer and an interesting text-only rundown of the story of the Hollywood blacklist that emerged from the House Un-American Activities Committee determination to weed the ‘liberals and communists’ out of Hollywood.

The Worth

The schmaltz is lightly entertaining but runs out in the nick of time in the way of credible drama and a strong political statement.

The extras are pretty thin, but presumably not much material was kept after The Majestic fell far short of Warner Bros’ expectations of it.

3 out of 5

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