The Mask
Review by Ross Anthony

This review is based on a 2003 re-screening of the DVD. I'd enjoyed the film so much in its first release that I'd bought the DVD for my girlfriend's mother. It's a mostly fun film, surprisingly similar to the much later "Bruce Almighty." Again, lackluster, none too impressive, average guy stumbles into superpowers that make him more special than he'd ever imagined.

Like a bowl of "Lucky Charms" most of the production is rather bland, but the sweet tasty bits make it all worth it. Even years later, the special effects are not only believable and fun, but also extremely well orchestrated. When Carrey puts on the mask, he (and the effects) are absolutely spectacular, bouncing like a pinball in an electric turbo-charged machine. He's hailstorm of humor with all the bells and whistles of a one-man circus.

Though a bit slow in the in-betweens (you might get a somewhat antsy), The Mask is a cute clean film for the whole family. I'm not sure, but this may be the first Carrey film for which that could be said. Cameron Diaz plays the sexy love interest. Could also be her Hollywood Debut (but I'm not sure about that either).

  • The Mask. Copyright © 1994. 100 minutes. PG-13.
  • Starring Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Richard Jeni, Peter Riegert.
  • Directed by Charles Russell.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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