Jim Carrey has been one of the biggest figures within comedy over the past 25 years and while he hasn’t featured in many movies as of late, he was a money making mega star in the 90’s and early 2000’s. So, in wake of the trailer dropping for the pending release of Sonic the Hedgehog, which looks absolutely dreadful, I thought Jim Carrey was the perfect candidate for another one of my Top 5 posts. Most of his movies have been jam packed filled with laughter and every once in a while he stepped away from his bread and butter and tried to branch out into other genres with movies such as Number 23 and The Majestic, both of which were pretty good attempts of showing that he’s not just a one trick pony. One of his most beloved and critically acclaimed movies is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which I have yet to see so maybe my top 5 list will change once I finally get around to watching it but until that time, this is my list;
1. The Truman Show (1998)
The Truman Show is a great piece of cinema for so many reasons. It has a lot of comedy mixed in with drama and suspense and Carrey’s performance is just the right amount of wacky mixed with some deep emotion too. The idea behind the movie is genius and so original that it’s an intelligent movie that really is captivating and gets you thinking. Jim Carrey is also accompanied by Laura Linney and Ed Harris who provide marvellous assistance to Carrey as the lead.
2. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
One of the best comedy movies of all time. The laughs are plenty and the characters are written brilliantly stupid or is it stupidly brilliant? Whichever way you look at Dumb and Dumber it’s hard not to fall in love with Harry and Lloyd. From the iconic van to the easily quotable and memorable lines in the movie, it’s an easy way to pass time and have your fave hurt from laughing so much. The only things that tarnish this great movie are the unnecessary sequel and the horrendous prequel.
3. The Mask (1994)
1994 seemed to be a big year for Jim Carrey with Dumb and Dumber and The Mask hitting cinemas in the same year. The Mask is one of those movies that you either love or you hate and there’s not much of a middle ground. For me, I loved the movie as I remember watching it as a kid and being mesmerised by Stanley Ipkiss and his alter ego. I revisited the movie a number of years ago thinking I wasn’t going to enjoy it as an adult but loved it all the same. It’s outrageous, it’s goofy and silly at times which is everything I could ask for from a Jim Carrey comedy flick.
4. Bruce Almighty (2003)
I think Bruce Almighty is some what of an over looked movie of Carrey’s as many people will think of Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura, The Cable Guy or Liar Liar as his memorable comedic roles buy Bruce Almighty is equally as funny, if not more so than some of the listed movies. With wonderful little performances from Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrell this was a great ensemble effort as Bruce Almighty has so many laughs to offer. It may not be liked that much by everybody but that’s the way the cookie crumbles, see what I did there.
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
This is another under appreciated movie from Jim Carrey in my opinion as it’s a fantastic rendition of the classic Grinch story. I think Jim Carrey as The Grinch was a great piece of casting and his crazy and erratic behaviour was a joy to watch. I loved watching Max the dog too as he seems a reluctant yet important part of The Grinch’s plan to ruin Christmas. With good appearances from Christine Baranski and Jeffrey Tambor, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a must watch during the festive season.
Liar Liar, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, A Christmas Carol and Me, Myself and Irene.