woensdag 26 februari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 37: Edtv

Director: Ron Howard
Genre: Comedy/ Drama
Runtime: 118 minutes
Year: 1999
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Ellen Degeneres, Elizabeth Hurley

Description: Video store clerk Ed (Matthew McConaughey) agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a tv network.

Review: Financially the TV network “True TV” is on lower ground. Their producer has to think of a new formula and comes up with the idea to follow someone 24/7. Ed Pekurney is the lucky guy. At first it doesn’t look like something people will watch, but it becomes a huge hit.
Because of the script and the montage, the film feels realistic. We all know the concept of reality TV, which gets more unoriginal nowadays. But back in 1999 this was groundbreaking. “Edtv” is a fun film about the hype of a real life show. It has a lot of humoristic moments. Off course you compare this film to “The Truman Show”, a movie with a similar theme. “Edtv” is very standard then, but on its own it s surely a very entertaining movie.
The acting is solid, the casting is strong as well. It’s Matthew McConaughy in his early days and he was cast perfectly as the laid back Ed. Woody Harrelson does a good job as brother Ray and Jenna Elfman has great chemistry with McConaughey. Although “Edtv” wasn’t a success in theaters, I enjoyed it and found it very entertaining. And recommendable.

Rating: 3/ 5

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