Jim Carrey should do more roles like this. As an blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter in the McCarthy era, he wanders into a town where he is mistaken for a long declared dead WWII hero, much to the surprise, delight and confusion of his "father" and "girlfriend". With strong characters, a bold story, and all the whimsy and feel-goodness of a Capra film, I was most touched by Peter/Luke establishing relationships and the re-opening of the dilapidated Majestic Theater. Maybe since I work in a theater it spoke to me as Peter/Luke went into the ticket booth and began to sell the tickets for the major re-opening that mirrors the re-awakening of the town.
Top it all off with a satisfying ending, The Majestic is a winner. I know many of the critics wrote it off and its performance at the box office was nothing to write home about. Props to Jim Carrey and all the folks who gave this viewer something to cheer about.
A couple of days later, I took my cousin and a couple of her little friends to see it. I've never read the books and I'm not even going to go into the whole controversy. The visuals were awesome, the performances were incredible all around (especially by the three young leads), but the story didn't really hold my interest, especially given the 2 hour 45 minute time length, which was just too long. Especially for a film mainly geared toward kids. But my little entourage enjoyed it, so that's all that mattered.
Excellent scenery and props of a creepy haunted house and a housekeeping staff that may not be what they appear keep the film on its toes, and it delivers an ending that rivals only the Sixth Sense in surprise endings in recent history.
If Nicole Kidman can keep up the momentum following her two triumphs of 2001, who knows how far she can go??