Man on the Moon

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The uniqueness and eccentricity of Andy Kaufman condensed into an excellent biopic.

Information about the movie, at the bottom of the post

 

General impression:
Andy Kaufman passed away in 1984, therefore he may not be very relevant to younger generations today. He lived and expressed himself in times when television was the most advanced mass media outlet, and the public, despite being used to it, was still a long way from what television is today. Kaufman was one of the people in television who pushed its strict and predictable boundaries, going against the grain of both standards and expectations. Before watching this movie, I only knew him as Latka from “Taxi”, a sitcom also starring Danny DeVito. However, being part of that sitcom was not characteristic for Kaufman, although it did bring him fame. He preferred different entertainment experiences, where he blurred the lines between audience and performer, reality and show. He drew spectators into his acts in a simple and raw manner, engaging their emotions, creating quick and powerful reactions. Young people should know about Andy Kaufman because he was unique, odd in his time, and his passion for play and blind experimenting can be very inspiring. This movie offers a balanced presentation of Kaufman, keeping mystery and showing vulnerability where it is the case.

Highlights:
The direction of Oscar-winning masterpiece creator Miloš Forman, and the dramatic performance of Jim Carrey.

Downside:
Nothing worth mentioning :-)

Would I see it again? – Yes

My Rating (1 to 10): 10

Recommended: Yes

Suggestion:
Get inspired by Andy Kaufman, and do a few things no matter what people may think or say about you :-)


 

Information about Man on the Moon

Year of release: 1999
Director: Miloš Forman
Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Starring: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, Paul Giamatti, etc.
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