With some brilliant performances that sometimes fall under the radar, I wanted to share 5 Jim Carrey films that you may have missed. I consider Jim Carrey to be a fantastic actor. Truly. Not only in his comedic roles but his dramatic roles as well. He’s not just someone I watch and laugh with. He’s someone who has made me cry.
Man on the Moon (1999)
A biographical film about the life of Andy Kaufman. If you’re not from The US you may remember him from the TV show TAXI (1978). Carrey transformed for this part. His voice, mannerisms, everything that I would expect from a great actor to create the best performance. In this film, he had the added pressure of portraying a real person who was well-known and loved.
Directed by Milos Forman (One Flew Over The Cookoos Nest, Amadeus) this is a film that will shock you, make you cry and make you howl with laughter. Carrey’s performance is compelling and will blow you away.
I personally didn’t feel as if I was watching Jim Carrey, but Andy Kaufman.
The Majestic (2001)
Set in the 1950’s Peter Lawson is a Screenwriter who has been named to the House Un-American Activities Committee after unwittingly attending a Communist Party event. As you’ll be able to see from the trailer he gets into a car accident and loses his memory.
The small town he finds himself in has lost many of their young men to the War and the town has become depressed. This is expressed not only by the characters but also in the cinema ‘The Majestic’ that has fallen into disrepair.
Lawson is recognised as one of the men lost in the War and the town starts to come-to-life. This is one of the first dramatic roles that I saw by Carrey and I remember being really impressed. As with most films, I have seen this more than once and it’s a really lovely film that I don’t hear many people mention.
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004)
There were so many films to choose from. Nobody could accuse Jim Carrey of sitting on his backside. And I had to include this in the list because it’s a stand out in his impeccable and varied filmography.
I love his performance in this because he made me really feel for Joel. This shy and nervous man who has had a bad breakup with Kate Winslet’s Clementine.
The film alone I could talk about forever but that could be a different day.
This film is one of my favourites. With a brilliant cast, fabulous filmmaking techniques and a story to get your teeth into.
A film that raises a lot of questions and I don’t want to say too much because I might ruin the film for you if you haven’t seen it. But this dramatic role is one not to miss.
The Number 23 (2007)
Joel Schumacher’s dark and mysterious psychological thriller will surprise you.
Walter Sparrow is given a book on his birthday and starts to see the number 23 everywhere and in everything. He is tormented by nightmares where he kills his wife and begins a quest to discover the meaning behind the number. The dark tone of the film reminds me of Schumacher’s 8MM (1999) and the scenes where Carrey plays the book’s protagonist, the Tattoo-clad Detective Fingerling, are a complete contrast to Walter Sparrow. If you thought Jim Carrey was typecast, think again.
I love you Phillip Morris (2009)
Based on the True Story of Steven Russell and Phillip Morris. One tagline for the film was, “A Story so incredible, it could only be true.”
Using his physical, comedic and dramatic talents he creates a character that you won’t see in any of his other films. I don’t know what the real Steven Russell was like during this period but Carrey’s creation is perfect alongside Ewan McGregor’s sweet Phillip Morris.
The trailer makes this film appear more of a comedy than anything else. Whilst it is funny it has some dark themes and sad moments woven within. With great casting throughout this film gets you hooked straight away with the heart and keeps you hooked by taking you on a rollercoaster. You really won’t believe this incredible story is true.
An Honourable Mention
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
I included this film in my recent 5…Time Travel Films post. It also has a trailer for the film included in case you are interested in finding out more.
Carrey plays Walter. He isn’t in every scene but he does fill every scene he is in. You won’t see ‘The Mask’ or ‘Ace Ventura’ in his performance. Although I do love those films. Yes, he is still funny. But the character he created is much more than that and more complicated. It’s a great film. But, it’s not the typical performance people generally think of when you talk about Jim Carrey. Whether you’re a fan of his or not I’d recommend watching the film.
What’s your favourite Jim Carrey performance? Do you think there is someone who is sometimes underrated?