The Mask Review
Fresh from his escapades as pet Dick, Ace Ventura, Jim Carrey continued to utilise his zany on screen persona in this interesting take on the comic book hero characterisation, and The Mask provided Mr Elastoface the ideal opportunity to show the world just what he could achieve with a movie's estimated $18,000,000 budget - how about a $120,000.000 gross return... in the States alone. Yes, Mr Carrey - Hollywood star, had arrived!
Masked superheroes tend to be powerful foes and The Mask is about as powerful as they come - indeed, the guy has God-like powers. And again, as with most superheroes his alter ego is rather meek in equal measure - Stanley Ipkiss is the epitome of the mild mannered Mr Nobody - geeky, routinely taken advantage of and alone... save, of course, for his little terrier companion Milo, Ipkiss' dog. But things change for our hero after he stumbles upon a wooden mask that brings out the inner, repressed desires of the wearer. And there are few characters with more repressed desires than Stanley Ipkiss!
Enter stage right Ms Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz, in her first movie role). Diaz plays the perfect sultry beauty opposite Carrey's stilted, goody-two-shoes character, bringing some much needed dead pan acting to perfectly contrast Carrey's now famous kookiness. And with Stanley Ipkiss finding himself in the middle of a mob war there is ample opportunity for some extreme kookiness! The rest of the cast come across as mere pantomimic fill ins - they're by no means bad, but this is a two horse race - or three if you include Milo - with, ultimately, Jim Carrey kind of stealing the show.