The Mask Review
29 July, 1994
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Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Do you Consider The Mask a Superhero Movie
Yes. Definitely a Superhero movie.
It could easily have had the tagline:
“With great power comes irresponsibility!”
However it also subverts many of the classic tropes of superhero movies. So, instead of gaining superpowers and using them to “fight crime, protect the innocent and work for world peace”, Stanley wreaks revenge, robs a bank, commits assault, evades arrest, slaps two police officers and kills a man.
And instead of finding that his heroic calling makes it harder for him to be with the woman he loves, Stanley uses his powers to woo the woman he believes would otherwise be uninterested in him.
On the other hand, wearing the Mask allows Stanley to right wrongs, stand up to bullies, beat the bad guy and save the day.
So, yes. Definitely a superhero movie
It was based on a comic book, so yes.
With these powers I could be… A SUPERHERO!
While it’s certainly not your traditional superhero movie, the unconventional hero wears a mask (many suits), fights crime, protects the innocent, etc. Yes, it’s a superhero movie
Yes but a lot of people surprisingly don’t know it was based on a comic book.
Money saved on digital effects
Chuck Russell revealed that a lot of money was saved on special effects after Jim Carrey was cast. Carrey’s body movements were so flexible and cartoonish, they didn’t see the need to enhance them digitally.
Michael Jackson on LSD
there are some obvious similarities between The Mask and Michael Jackson, the way they move, the outfit… the green face..
The last one is a joke. But don’t you think?
I’m pretty sure to be on the right side by saying Michael Jackson loved to watch this movie, because it hits his tastes in many ways (Fantasy world, comical influences, choreography)
Who play’s the Dorian Mask? I don’t see anyone credited.
Does anyone know who played Dorian when he was the mask? I know it wasn’t Greene because the guy was like twice as big. I am just curious who it was under that thing.
Im pretty sure it was Peter Greene, they just bulked him up, with padding or some sort of suit.
Not credited… certainly looks like him, though.
Stanley as the Mask vs Dorian as the Mask
Who’d win in a fight?
I pick Stanley. Not only do I like him more (duh), but while Dorian would be more powerful, Stanley had a lot more brains. He’d win by his wits and creativity. And awesomeness.
Love this film
Used to watch it all the time on VHS when I was a kid, didn’t get alot of the jokes, but do now re-watching it. Speaking of which, funny how it’s a favourite among kids with humour more aimed at adults.
Best bad guy?
I’d say Dorian, because he didn’t strike me all that threatening until he had put on the mask and started wreaking havoc.
subtly hysterical part
when Stanley is in the jail cell and he is lining the toilet with toilet paper right before he hears the screams in the alley.
If I were in a jail cell, I’d probably do the same thing.
Absolutely. It’s also important in emphasising the difference between the depressing nature of much of Stanley’s life and the non-stop, id-fueled, ego-boosting adrenaline rush of his life when he’s wearing The Mask
Another subtle funny part is when The Mask is accepting his “Oscar” and you see Tyrel smoothing back his hair LOL.
I honestly think this is one of best movies of the 90s, theres certainly not another comedy quite like it and was a fantastic showcase for Carrey’s talents. Its aged very well too!
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