Jim Carrey has been in a
swag of great films and growing up seeing these movies was awesome. They were
full of vibrance and vitality and above all were funny. Now seeing this at an
older age (24) the complete hilarity that was once reminiscent has
unfortunately not carried on to this day. Whilst the film is still funny the
predictiveness is more apparent and is a little hit and miss in this title.
The story is this, Ace
Ventura (Carrey) starts off trying to save the life of a helpless raccoon
stranded on a rocky outcrop of some mountain in Tibet. The links to the movie
Cliffhanger’s opening scene are inextricably obvious and is a great start to
After a little spiritual
awakening in a monk’s temple he is then assigned to the mission of finding a
white bat that has been stolen from the Wachati tribe in Africa. The clues
are gathered by Ace who claims himself to be the master of disguise.
Of course his methods are completely the contrary and the gags don’t stop
coming until the credits start rolling.
There are stunts with
crashing trucks and a plenitude of animals joining the cast making an
interesting variety to the picture. The assistant monkey being of particular
note. One of the most humorous parts is when Ace and his monkey are tied to a
raft and they are frantically trying to untie themselves whilst a huge
waterfall is ahead…..I’ll leave the audience to speculate what happens. Other
great parts are when Ace has to climbs out of a mechanical rhinoceros’s bottom
with onlookers gasping in terror.
The menu for this title is
static whilst containing many informative bibliographies and directors notes
on the making of the film. It is important to know that even looking at the
actor’s backgrounds and production notes actually add to the experience of
enjoying this film. Disappointingly other than the theatrical trailers there
is no running film for all special features.
There is no low-level
noise that is certainly a good thing. This would spoil the appeal and humour
in this film if there was any of those annoying black squares that we all love
to hate. There are no lens washes to speak of; all colours are vibrant, clear
The over the top antics of
Jim Carrey are a bit of a mix of good and bad. Some are extremely funny while
others seem a little over contrived. For the viewer who loves slapstick
humour and Jim Carrey’s manic like behaviour would undoubtedly love this
film. Basically it is recommended to younger viewers aged 12 to 21 or
thereabouts. The sound is terrific as is par for the course with most DVD’s
and can be experienced in Dolby 5.1. All speakers are used in this setting.
Alrighty then, bye,bye now.
When Nature Calls Features
- Scene Selections
- Cast & Crew
- Making a Sequel
- The Look of the Film
- Aces Do
- Animals Animals Animals
- On Location