It's gonna take something more illustrious than The Majestic to conjure up a good dramatic role for Jim Carrey. The funnyman's latest attempt at sappy earnestness falls short in this noble but undeveloped tale of a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter who gets into a car accident, loses his memory and ends up in a quaint, Frank Capra-esque town.
The townies think Carrey's a long lost soldier. And since Carrey doesn't know any better, he allows the needy and appreciative community to take him in. The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont never met a three-hour movie he didn't like, so we get stuck in this syrupy, sweet tale for a long time with little payoff. There are aspects of the movie to admire--such as newcomer Laurie Holden as Carrey's girlfriend and veteran Martin Landau--but without greater friction among the characters, this is one trip that's easy to forget.