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The Mask

September 5, 2010

The Mask (1994)
Director: Chuck Russell
Actors: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert

Synopsis: Brow-beaten bank clerk, Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey), becomes a maverick personality whenever he sports the magic mask he finds….

Review: In its limited remit as a piece of cartoonish, family fun, The Mask works really well, proving lean in conception and throwing the audience straight into its story and location (Edge City – which seems based on a mish-mash of NYC and Miami). Carrey does a great job – obviously remembered for the clowning and special effects – but it’s also a good satirical performance, proving just as effective as the current king of that ‘genre’, Ricky Gervais. The film is also a great testament to just how luminescent and ravishing the young Cameron Diaz was – a fitting actress for the role of a picture-book femme fatale. (July 2010)

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