||Man on the Moon
Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Courtney Love and Paul Giamatti
Excellent video quality and it is widescreen enhanced. No
flaws and the movie does an excellent job of bouncing between
various settings while maintaining a great picture.
Dolby Digital 5.1 but this movie is mostly dialog so there's
nothing really to exploit it. A few booms during the wrestling
Very nice collection of extras if you're a Kaufman fan as
most of the "On Location" stuff is spent with cast
and crew talking about Andy instead of the movie. You'll also
get deleted scenes, videos, plus the usual production notes,
DVD's should exhibit a picture as good as this one. It is anamorphically
enhanced and provides brilliant color and contrast in a wide range
of settings. The movie bounces from goofy black and white stuff
to old home movie type looks to smokey comedy clubs to TV sequences
to wrestling arenes, etc, etc, etc. And the picture quality in each
of those settings despite drastically different lighting and such
is absolutely excellent. If we gave star ratings just for picture
quality, it would get a 5 out of 5.
not much to the audio. Even though it is Dolby Digital 5.1, this
movie is dialog based, so there's not alot of opportunity for surround
or low frequency effects. A few sneak in, especially during the
wrestling scenes, but that's about it. However, this certainly doesn't
detract from the movie.
for the movie itself, if you're a fan of either Kaufman or Carrey,
you've gotta have this one. I can understand why this movie didn't
do well at the box office as Kaufman's humor is a bit of an acquired
taste. However, I thought Carrey's portrayal of him had Oscar written
all over it, and he got the big snub. When you view this movie,
I think you'll agree he was ripped off.
this DVD to your collection
For Guys' Original Review of the Theatrical Release
on the Moon is the story of the life of Andy Kaufman. For those
who do not remember him or weren't born yet, Kaufman was a comedian
who also starred as Latka on the TV show Taxi during the late 70's
and early 80's. Actually, Kaufman would reject being called a comedian
and in fairness, he is more of a performance artist. I'm not sure
he ever actually told a single joke on stage. His comedy was unique
to say the least. He also died as the undefeated Intergender Wrestling
Champion of the World. Like I said, he was unique.
The movie is the true
story of Kaufman's life particularly his rise to stardom. Andy was an odd bird, so
how factual the accounts of some of the really weird parts of his story are is debatable, but
his closest friends were very much involved in the production of this movie, so it's as
accurate as it can be without input from Andy himself. Kaufman was always prone to
inside jokes and even fooling those who were closest to him. It can also be said that
there's often a thin line between genius and insanity, and he not only walked that line
but was prone to stagger just a bit.
Jim Carrey has been widely
praised for his portrayal of Kaufman in this movie. And after seeing the movie, it is
all well deserved, he should get serious Oscar consideration. I'm not sure there's anyone
else on the planet who could've done the job as well. Quite simply, Carrey nailed him.
Many people only remember Jim Carrey from Ace Ventura forward, but his background in the
80's was comedy clubs and impressions. This makes him extremely well suited for this
role. He has Kaufman's voice, his eyes, his mannerisms and somehow even gets that magical
child like quality. The movie is worth seeing just to see Carrey transform himself
The director is Milos
Forman who also did a wonderful job with The People versus Larry Flynt. He does a
great job with this flick of reproducing the scenes from Andy's life that people
remember from the set of Taxi up through Andy getting bitch slapped out of his chair
by Jerry Lawler on Letterman. Most of the people involved portray themselves including
most of the Taxi cast, even those who hated Kaufman's guts. And wrestling fans will
be happy to know that The King plays himself. If there's a flaw in the movie it's that
many of these people look kinda funny reprising their roles as they're all 20 years older
than they were when this stuff was first run.
My big concern with this
movie is that Andy Kaufman was definitely an acquired taste. And by the time he died
there were probably alot more of his fans who absolutely despised him than enjoyed his
work. He was just so far out on the edge. I wasn't sure how that humor would play with
audiences that never saw him or may barely remember him. However, as it turns out the
answer is it plays better than it did when it was live. Alot of Andy's humor was
at the expense of the audience, watching it now instead of being the butt of the joke,
it's like we're in on it and get to laugh at the audiences who were being subjected
to his antics back then. I think anyone will enjoy this movie whether they were an
Andy Kaufman fan or not. And it makes for a compelling story and a great performance
by Jim Carrey even if you have never heard of Kaufman. In short this is a great flick
that I think everyone will enjoy.
A little pyro during the
wrestling sequences is as close as we get.
Nothing significant, though
cancer aint pretty.
Blood & Gore
Andy didn't seem to
be into cars.
Hooter shots from
some ho's and some panty shots during intergender wrestling.
You'll laugh out loud
a number of times, but there's some heavy drama mixed in especially toward the end.