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what a comedy should be
on 14 January 2009
Pet detective Ace Ventura (Carrey) is assigned to track down Snowflake,
the mascot of football team The Dolphins before the Superbowl.
Jim Carrey, the man. Whether you love him or hate him you cannot deny
his comic talent. In this 1994 crime comedy he plays a smart crazy pet
detective who has the best catchphrases of any character, of any
comedy, of any film, of anyone, ever.
Opening with a delivery man kicking a package and destroying it with
every step he takes and you feel as if you know this person and you
simply have to love him for it. His character never slackens, always
entertains and gets funnier with every scene. He is a comic master and
he is this film.
Carrey's performance does take the shine off a well written plot. The
script is a great incentive for Ventura to be wacky and spontaneous.
The pursuit of a missing dolphin is interesting, if not quite as
intense as it should be. We see Ventura using his 'skill' and his
'charm' to give the older viewers plenty of laughs where the slapstick
moments are undoubtedly aimed towards younger generations, however
years on it is still as funny as when I was young. The sarcastic yet
sophisticated undertones still remain classic.
Flowing all the way through, this nineties comedy follows the mad
detective in an intriguing investigation. There are lapses in the
majority of modern comedies where the stereotypical hero has to redeem
himself to find the answer and everything is super come the final piece
but there are many twists and turns and a difference in the comic
formulaic style here which gives the film a uniqueness that required
Carrey's special touch. No clichés, stereotypes or cringing romance
sequences that don't shine off the plot, unless you count the atrocious
made for money sequel.
The supporting cast are good enough to add some extra laughs but they
are always standing in Carrey's superior shadow.
Sharp, witty and exceptionally funny, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
justifies the genre and is worth watching whatever age you may be.