Reviewed byanimontoVote: 9/10/10
The documentary is about the thrill of becoming another person and thusgetting liberation from the idea of yourself. Jim became Andy and it isso interesting to know his journey through and after this incarnation.How he was lost and found, just to understand that he cannot be foundbecause there is no he.
Reviewed bySam Panico (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 8/10/10
Few things get me more emotional than Andy Kaufman. Even hearing a fewwords of R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon" makes my eyes well up. I rememberwatching his early appearances live on Saturday Night Live and thenight he got into a fist fight on Fridays. And while I was alive forhis descent into pro wrestling mania and his battle with cancer, Idon't remember much of the end. Maybe I didn't want to process it.Maybe that's why I believed to this day that Andy is just waitingto pull the curtain back on all of us and come back. And maybe notcoming back? Perhaps that's his best trick of all.
Conversely, I've never liked Jim Carrey. Unlike Andy, who underminedhis own popularity and resisted the mainstream while simultaneouslymaking a living from it, he seemed too eager to please. Too happy totake and take from the blockbuster machine, to be in works that didn'tchallenge him. That's why The Cable Guy surprised me. Here as thebuffoon who mugged his way through Dumb and Dumber forcing viewers tocontemplate the pain behind the character. He followed that movie withlater challenging films like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine ofthe Spotless Mind.
The Jim Carrey that appears here is not the rubber-faced maniac whoseemed to cry out, "Watch me! Love me!" This is a graying, faded,bearded, rougher man who has been through no small degree of personalloss and pain. And this is also a man who willingly gave his identityover to not just Andy Kaufman, but to Andy's more frightening side, thevillainous Tony Clifton.
In a recent Newsweek article, Kaufman's sister gives some insight: "Ithink that Jim Carrey was a vessel," she said. " I do believe heallowed Andy to come through him. I also chose to believe that Andy wascoming through him. When he looked at me, I'm not kidding. It was likespeaking to Andy from the great beyond. I felt like he was comingthrough as the evolved, astral Andy."
I've watched Milos Forman's Man on the Moon numerous times. And I'veread plenty of books, digested plenty of articles and watched everyappearance Andy did on TV. I look to him in the way that I extend tofew performers: he's more of a truth-speaking prophet than just aperson. Do I give him too much credit? Do I see things in him, do Iproject magic that he wasn't able to perform? I think I ferventlybelieve that he was something more. A force. Someone who was able topush buttons, upset people and be a real-life wrestling heel while atthe same time delivering childlike moments of whimsy and wonder. Justthe footage of him inviting everyone to join him for milk and cookiesafter his Carnegie Hall performance makes me weep openly. It feels tooreal, too loving, too honest and much too true.
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Reviewed byReznik_TVote: 7/10/10
I was really looking forward to seeing this, because Man on the Moon isamongst my favourite movies of all time, and I was intrigued by thefact that, as we found out, Carrey stayed in character throughout thewhole production process. So I was curious to see how that all turnedout. And even though it was interesting to see all the footage, and Icould even relate to some of the things Jim said in the interview bits,but in the end there was no point, no message, nothing that we learnedfrom all of this (other than the fact that shooting Man on the Moonmust have been a painful and exhausting experience for everyoneinvolved). All in all, it was an okay documentary, I was never bored,but I expected something more, to be honest. Even possibly somethingrevelatory, as I always thought there was much more to Jim Carrey thanhis amazing on-screen talent. And maybe there is, but this was not thedocumentary to reveal that to us.
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