The Mask (1994)

CHUCK RUSSELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1994.  New Line Cinema, Dark Horse Entertainment.  Story by , , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1994.  Golden Globe Awards 1994.

Jim Carrey in The Mask. The film’s groundbreaking visual effects earned an Oscar nomination.

Another case of ‘concept’ comedy that will only appeal to the least demanding viewers. Upon its initial release, this special-effects laden piece of fluff cemented ‘s power as the brand new box office titan. He plays a shy, undemanding banker who allows everyone to walk all over him without the slightest bit of complaint. When he accidentally comes into possession of an ancient tribal mask with magical powers, he is transformed into a wild and crazy skirtchaser with an endless resource of Looney Tunes-inspired gags available at his very fingertips.  makes a promising film debut as the gorgeous gal who catches his eye and provides the key for a mob mystery that she helps unravel. The visual effects are impressive, but the story is a flat retread of The Nutty Professor without the inspired characters or witty jokes. Carrey goes crass too often in an attempt to lure in the younger set, and the film’s obsession with its own stylistics overpower any kind of lighthearted fun that could have been had from it.

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