Release year: 1994
Director: Chuck Russell
Screenwriter: Michael Fallon, Mark Verheiden, Mike Werb
Starring: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Richard Jeni, Johnny Williams, Tim Bagley
Ratings: 1 Oscar nomination: Best Visual Effects. 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Actor Comedy/Musical (Jim Carrey).
Shy and way too good for his own good bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) finds a strange mask, and a dangerous new side to himself, when he puts it on. As The Mask he grabs what he wants, including the girl of his dreams, Tina (Cameron Diaz, in her acting debut). But Tina’s boyfriend is a small time crime boss with big plans.
After Age Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Mask truly established Carrey as the comedy star of the 90s and instantly made a leading lady of the debuting Diaz (There’s Something About Mary, 1998). Along with Oscar nominated visual effects and this is a movie that still holds it popularity among fans, new and old. Based on the Dark Horse comic book series, The Mask is a crazy mayhem of a movie and a perfect showcase for the slapstick homour style of rubberfaced Carrey, without whom the movie wouldn’t work half as well as it does. The actor lends his tremendous energy to the movie and makes it sizzle and dazzle helped by the charming knock-out that is Diaz. With several comic sequences and lines begging to be quoted, this is still one of the most memorable comedies of the mid 1990s.
A lot of money was saved on special effects after Jim Carrey was cast. Carrey’s body movements were so flexible and cartoonish, they didn’t see the need to enhance them digitally. He also learned to talk with the oversized teeth, which were originally only supposed to be for silent scenes, making the character more wacky.
Picture copyright: New Line Cinema