THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

MAN ON THE MOON (1999)


#89 on the countdown is one we've seen before - Man on the Moon (1999) starring Jim Carrey as the late way-outside-the-box comedian Andy Kaufman. Kaufman's career was filled with stuff outside the norm - alter egos like unlikable singer Tony Clifton, taking an entire audience out for milk and cookies after a performance at Carnegie Hall, staged fights during late-night comedy shows where the actors had no idea the fights were fake, even antics in the pro wrestling ring. He lived to engage his audience like no one ever before - and Carrey plays Kaufman to perfection. Being a bit of a mimic, he goes further than impersonating Kaufman - he captures the essence of the man like no one has since Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles. Sometimes you think you must be watching the real Kaufman in archived footage - but it's Carrey. Solid performances abound in this one, including Danny DeVito as Kaufman's longtime manager, Paul Giamatti as Bob Zmuda, Kaufman's longtime friend and partner in crime, Courtney Love as the love of Kaufman's life. There are real-life showbiz personalities playing themselves - Lorne Michaels, the producer of Saturday Night Live who put the little-known comic on his show, his Taxi co-stars Marilu Henner, Carol Kane, Christopher Lloyd and Judd Hirsch/ But this is Carrey's show. There are those that believe Kaufman's death from lung cancer (he didn't even smoke) was yet another ploy, another attempt to fool the world and he would re-emerge a few years later with his best trick yet. Sadly, it was all too real. Carrey excels in those serious moments, too. If you've never seen it, you should. And if it's been awhile since you've watched this film, rediscover it.

TLA one-word review: tragic