The Mask

Director: Chuck Russell

Stars out of 10: 8.3

The MaskOne of my earliest favourite film, The Mask

also happens to be one of the earliest darkest.

Based on the popular cartoon series of the same

name (I was a big fan of them), the silver-screen

adaptation is equally funny and brilliant. The

first time when Stanley transforms into the

titular character was one of the earliest scariest

scenes I’d ever seen. From the age of 6 till 9-or-

10, I must’ve seen it over 30 times and I just saw

it again recently and it still remains one of my

absolute favourites.

Any other better actor for the titular character

than Jim Carrey? One of his damn greatest

screen roles to date and his most impressive so

far, although I also like him in Eternal

Sunshine. He handled his character flawlessly

and gave us one of craziest, zaniest heroes to ever

grace the silver-screen. Then we have (the then

juicy) Cameron Diaz in her debut. I like her

as an actress but I’m not too gaga about her looks

and all but her character, Tina Carlyle,

alongside Ming-Na’s Chun-Li from Street

Fighter were two of my earliest childhood

crushes. Come to think of it, I think the first two

ever. Anyway, she was pretty good but I liked the

duo of Jim Doughan and Peter Riegert.

They were pretty good in their roles but the main

icing was Peter Greene as the main

antagonist Dorian Tyrell. He has always been a great character actor and has a great screen dominating power. If you remember at-least two of his cameos, then you will know what I’m talking about. Dorian is one of the best villains I’ve ever seen on the big screen.

So, the whole setup is amazing and Jim Carrey alongside most of the cast will keep you entertained throughout. A fun movie, and quite dark!





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