The Mask is a 1994 American superhero dark fantasy comedy film directed by Charles Russell, produced by Bob Engelman, and written by Mike Werb, based on the comic series of the same name published by Dark Horse Comics. The film stars Jim Carrey, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Peter Riegert, Richard Jeni, Ben Stein, Joely Fisher, and Cameron Diaz in her film debut. It revolves around an unlucky bank clerk finding a mask that grants the wearer cartoon-like superpowers.
The film became a critical and commercial success, grossing over $351.6 million over a $23 million budget and receiving positive reviews. It cemented Carrey's reputation as a dominant actor of the 1990s, and established Diaz long-term as a leading lady. Carrey was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role, and the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects but lost to Forrest Gump.
When timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) discovers a magical mask containing the spirit of the Norse god Loki, his entire life changes. While wearing the mask, Ipkiss becomes a supernatural playboy exuding charm and confidence which allows him to catch the eye of local nightclub singer Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz). Unfortunately, under the mask's influence, Ipkiss also robs a bank, which angers junior crime lord Dorian Tyrell (Peter Greene), whose goons get blamed for the heist.
Why It Rocks
- The film managed to take out its gory comic book source material and make it look more appealing for general audiences.
- It offered critics and audiences another iconic Jim Carrey character, which is perhaps his most imaginative, iconic, and popular one.
- The CGI effects are impressive by mid-90's standards.
- Surreal and wacky animation, heavily influenced by the works of Tex Avery.
- The humor is absolutely hilarious. It is a good mix of kid-friendly humor and adult humor, with extremely crazy spirited gags, based on the aforementioned peculiar style of animation, that set the tone of the entire movie.
- Great acting. Jim Carrey's performance as Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask is very spirited and entertaining while Peter Greene does a solid and convincing performance as the film's main antagonist Dorian Tyrell.
- It features some genuinely frightening imagery, which makes the movie a rare example of "dark live-action/animation comedy".
- The catchphrase, "Ssssmokin'!", is memorable.
- "It's party time! P-A-R-T...Y? Because I GOTTA!"
- "I Think He Wants To Communicate, AUUUUWOOOOA"