Runtime: 1 Hour
and 26 Minutes
Okay, now, I know that for many people this is a classic. I know
many people actually consider this to be one of the funniest movies
they have ever seen. Now, I know that sense of humor is one of the
most subjective parts of the human experience. What is funny to one
person might be a shrug and a scratch of the head to another.
Now that I have that out of the way, let me just say this: this is
perhaps the most overrated film I have ever seen and, for most intensive
purposes, an immense, steaming pile of elephant vomit masquerading
(sort of) as a motion picture.
Why, you might ask? Well, mainly because of Jim Carrey. I love him
in many other movies. In fact, I like his work in about every movie
but this one. My problem with him here? There is absolutely no subtlety
to his work here. He comes off, not as an obnoxious person, but as
the most obnoxious person that ever lived. Perhaps this is the point
of his performance. Perhaps this is why he is supposed to be funny.
Personally, however, I got a little tired of him within ten minutes.
He acts like Jerry Lewis on crack cocaine and amphetamines with a
ketamin chaser. He flails about with no point. He riffs with no apparent
goal, purpose or theme in mind. He does impersonations that have no
ground or basis in any of the action transpiring on the screen. He
takes lines that might have been funny and renders them limp and hopeless
with his overbearing and out of place style of delivery.
That being said, there were moments of the film that I actually did
enjoy. The movie got funnier for me as it went along. That is why
I am not giving it an "F". I especially enjoyed the part
where Ace has himself sent to a mental institution for the purposes
of the case (whatever the case may be, it seems to involve the kidnapping
of a dolphin.....or something). It is here that his asinine behavior
finally makes some kind of sense.
But the moments of humor were, for me, like bits of gold panned out
of a vast stream. And I didn't feel like putting myself through the
effort of finding them.