The Majestic

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"Sometimes your life comes into focus one frame at a time."
  • PG
  • 2001
  • 2 hr 32 min
  • 6.9  (57,245)
  • 27

The Majestic is a heartwarming drama released in 2001 starring Jim Carrey, Martin Landau and Bob Balaban. The movie is directed by Frank Darabont, who is known for his work on The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. The story takes place in 1951 in California and follows Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey), a successful Hollywood screenwriter who becomes a victim of McCarthyism - a time when many individuals were accused of being communists without any evidence. Peter loses his job and is blacklisted from the movie industry, causing him to lose everything he has worked so hard for.

In a state of despair, Peter gets into his car and drives off without any destination in mind. After a tragic accident, he loses his memory and ends up in a small town named Lawson. The local residents mistake him for a lost soldier who had been declared dead years ago, Luke Trimble, and take him in as one of their own. Peter, who has no recollection of his past, starts to believe that he indeed is Luke and begins to discover his new life with welcoming arms.

The town is the home of the Majestic theatre, which has been closed for years. The theatre used to be the source of pride of the town, but after the Second World War, many soldiers who had left to fight never returned. The loss of so many soldiers has left a mark on the community, but the dejection and despair start to dissipate once Peter comes to town.

As Peter becomes more and more like a member of the community, he also starts to take an interest in the Majestic, and his memories slowly begin to resurface. Together with the locals, he decides to renovate the old theatre and make it the pride of the town once again. As Peter becomes more intertwined with the community, he also finds himself falling in love with Adele Stanton (Laurie Holden), the daughter of Harry Trimble (Martin Landau), Luke's father.

As Peter begins to unravel the past and his memory starts to return, he realizes that he is not Luke. The movie takes a turn, and Peter decides to come clean to the town about his true identity. The town starts to feel betrayed, and their trust in him declines.

However, when the feds show up in town, and it's revealed that the real Luke is still alive, the tide changes once again. Will Peter ever find his place in the world again, or will he be forever lost, not as Peter Appleton but as Luke Trimble?

The Majestic is a beautifully crafted movie that explores themes of identity, community, and coming home. Carrey delivers a fantastic performance in a dramatic role that moves away from his usual comedic work. Landau delivers a poignant portrayal of a father who has lost his son in the war, and Balaban plays the slimy, opportunistic studio executive who is only interested in profit.

The film's setting in the 1950s adds a layer of nostalgia to the story, and the mix of drama and comedy is perfectly balanced, making it a movie for everyone. The score by Mark Isham is breathtakingly beautiful and complements the story perfectly.

In conclusion, The Majestic is a heartwarming story that takes us on a journey of self-discovery and reminds us of the power of community. The movie is a testament to the nostalgia of the golden age of Hollywood and is a must-watch for any film lover.

The Majestic is a 2001 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 32 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 27.

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    2 hr 32 min
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    6.9  (57,245)
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