Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Charles Russel
When Stanley puts on the mask he changes into an extroverted party animal. But it doesn't have the same effect on everyone. Deep down, Stanley is a romantic and a genuinely nice guy. When the wearer's inner desires are darker and when he has fewer scruples, the mask of the Norse god Loki becomes something altogether more dangerous.
Jim Carrey's talent for gurning and his joyful overacting really makes The Mask what it is. It's a colourful, fun-loving movie filled with cartoon capers, music, unrestrained showing off and silliness. In many ways it's the perfect vehicle for Carrey's brand of humour.
Everything is larger than life, like a cartoon, and the characters are rather exaggerated. However Cameron Diaz is likeable as Tina Carlyle, the Coco Bongo Club singer who captures Stanley's heart. The Mask is never short of a wisecrack or an endless supply of daft props. But even if Ipkiss can survive when both hardened criminals and the law are chasing him down, he is still left with questions about his own personality. Will anyone like him for himself, or is it only the overconfident Mask and all his tricks that people find popular?
The Mask is a good family movie with a loud, brash kind of charm that has a certain degree of infectious appeal.
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