The Majestic

{4.5/5} “That’s why we call it The Majestic. Any man, woman, child could buy their ticket, walk right in. Here they’d be, here we’d be. ‘Yes sir, yes ma’am. Enjoy the show.’ And in they’d come entering a palace, like in a dream, like in heaven. Maybe you had worries and problems out there, but once you came through those doors, they didn’t matter anymore.”

Peter is a screenwriter whose first movie is now playing. But someone thinks he’s a communist and he’s been blacklisted. When he gets in an accident and washes on shore near a small town, he has amnesia — but the people in the town think they recognize him. They think he’s Luke, a man who went off to war and never came back. Harry, Luke’s father, takes Peter home and decides to reopen their movie theatre that’s been closed for many years.

The Majestic was released in 2001. I’m fairly sure this is the second time I’ve seen it.

It’s about a town who lost many of its young men to a war. It’s about a man without a past who reinvents himself. And it’s about the House Committee on Un-American Activities, zealously searching for communists.

Martin Landau is a joy to watch here, as the man who wants most to have his son back. Jim Carrey is in his serious mode — The Truman Show rather than The Mask.

I liked it a lot.

The gentle music is by Mark Isham (42).

Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) plays Peter and Martin Landau (The X Files) plays Harry.

The movie also features James Whitmore (The Shawshank Redemption) as the man who finds Peter on the beach, David Odgen Stiers (the TV show M*A*S*H) as the doctor, and Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile) as the mayor. Laurie Holden (the TV show The Walking Dead) plays Adele, Luke’s girlfriend. Gerry Black (small roles in TV shows like ER) plays Emmett, the Majestic’s usher.

Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom) and Hal Holbrook (Capricorn One) have small roles. Bruce Campbell (the TV show Burn Notice) plays the swashbuckler in the movie within the movie.

The movie was directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile).

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