This week is a very busy week for my college student life, so here is a movie review that I wrote a long time ago on Blogger, before my WordPress days. I will also be posting a review of the American TV series “The Office” this week, that is pre-written as well. It was these early on, lower quality blog posts that sparked my overall blogging interest, and this week I can share a couple of them with everyone. This post was copied and pasted from my computer and will not follow my general blog layout or my current writing style (in some aspects), but I hope you still enjoy it!
So let’s go back a few years to 2007 and take a look at a psychological thriller starring Jim Carrey, who takes on a different type of role.
“The Number 23” stars Jim Carrey as Walter Sparrow, an average guy with an average job (dog catcher). He has a wife, Agatha Sparrow (played by Virginia Madsen) and a son, Robin Sparrow (Logan Lerman). This typical man living his typical life finds himself “thrown out of orbit” so to speak when he has an “off day” which makes him late meeting his wife after work. While she is waiting for him she stops at a bookstore where she comes across a particular book. Once he finally arrives she tries to convince him that he should buy the book. Needless to say, he eventually picks it up, not expecting to be impressed, but quickly becomes consumed in it’s pages.
The book speaks of the number 23 and how it took over the life of the main character, Fingerling, who is a detective. The numbers ruin all that he is, and drive him to do things he wouldn’t normally do. This terrible curse begins to affect the life of our ordinary Walter Sparrow, who thought he would just be reading some ridiculous book and before he knows it, he too is losing his sanity while at the same time unveiling the shocking truth behind the book.
That is a brief description without revealing too much about the movie. I certainly don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but simply give a description for those who don’t know anything about the film.
I would definitely encourage others to see this movie for many reasons. For starters, the movie throws us viewers off a few times leading us to think we had figured it out, when indeed we hadn’t. As a viewer of this film I eventually felt something for Walter (belief) once I reached a point that I thought he was on to something and not just crazy. What’s more fascinating is that I never really knew for sure if he wasn’t just crazy though. This creative story line designed to keep viewers in question about what will happen next, is a magnificent piece of work.
Secondly, I must say that Jim Carrey surprised me taking on such a role. I wasn’t sure if he could pull it off but he proved me wrong. Jim Carrey is a man associated with laughter and silliness, but watching this movie I quickly adapted to his character, Walter, and the fact that it wasn’t a humor filled role. That being said, this portrays Jim Carrey’s true skills as an actor. Many actors and actresses stick to a specific or select type of role, meaning it takes talent to pull off a role so opposite that of which an actor or actress is accustomed to playing. Well done sir, well done.
Lastly, what I find fascinating about this film is it’s relation to real life events. Sure, the plot wasn’t based on a real life event, but there are people who believe such things. Who let themselves become obsessed with something, ultimately ruining their life. As sad as it is, the strange, erie aspects of such cases make for some excellent cinema entertainment.