Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
USA, Canada
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Chris Smith
Danny DeVito as Himself
Janice Kaufman as Herself
Milos Forman as Himself
Andy Kaufman as Himself (archive footage)
Tony Danza as Himself (archive footage)
Peter Bonerz as Himself
Elton John as Himself
Judd Hirsch as Himself
Hugh M. Hefner as Himself
Andy Dick as Himself
Carol Kane as Herself
Randall Carver as Himself
Jim Carrey as Himself
Paul Giamatti as Himself
Storyline: A behind-the-scenes look at how adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian on the set of (1999).
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Interesting ego trip lacking real depth
I'd like to start by saying that I find the concept of the movie rather intriguing. Showing the parallelisms between two exceptional comedian who in their own way revolutionized the way we perceive comedy today. Having been a fan of both comedians I was looking forward to this movie. Unfortunately the movie couldn't stand up to my expectations. Firstly, one does barely get to see the transformation of Carrey. The viewer is thrown into the action accompanied by an almost preacher like Jim Carrey who retells his tale which is barely connected to what has happened back then. The movie is merely a documentary without any insight or revelation. Whilst the scenes are well chosen, if one knows the movie, the entire aim of this documentary is not obvious.

The documentary is rather a piece of art itself than it is a proper movie.
Was not expecting to like this, but the combination of loads of Andy Kaufman footage, incredible behind the scenes stuff, and a weirdly interesting Jim Carry interview made this a great watch. Loved Kaufman and have mixed feelings about Man on the Moon, but seeing what happened during the making of it leads me to think that Carrey did a great job after all if only for the dedication to going over the line he had.
A Window into the Actor's Craft
For his role in "Man on the Moon," Jim Carrey took on the character of Andy Kaufman so fully that, as he relates here, he found himself reacting off the set as Andy would have reacted rather than as Jim would react.

Along with his known talents, Carrey shows himself in this doc to be a very articulate speaker, even when describing--as he does here a lot--his internal states. If actors need empathy, Carrey here puts that empathy into words--words we can understand and feel.

If you're not familiar with Kaufman, there's a great variety of footage from Kaufman's performances.

It's hard to compare this to any other doc I've seen. Its approach to the subject is as unique as the subject itself. If you want to understand and appreciate a side of Jim Carrey you may never have seen before, or what actors go through when throwing themselves into roles, this film is for you.
I'm sorry, but I must speak my heart...
'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond' is not that entertaining unless you only watch Kaufman, because, to me, it's got "Help me!!" written all over it. I loved the original 'Dumb and Dumber'. As a matter of fact it's at the top of my list for the funniest movies ever. However, for whatever reasons, Carrey's career nosedived over a decade ago with the recent 'Dumb and Dumber To' being the last straw. So I'm calling 'J&A' what I think it really is, folks: a shameless plug of a pity party...and I'm all choked up.
Fascinating Look at an Actor and His Role
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

I must admit that I really wasn't a fan of the MAN ON THE MOON film. I really felt that it was mostly Oscar-bait and while Jim Carrey's performance was great, there just wasn't much else to the movie.

With that said, I was really looking forward to this documentary and it turns out that this here is a lot more interesting, more creative and better than the MAN ON THE MOON film. I say that because it's rather fascinating getting to see what Carrey did to give his performance. The footage in this film was shot behind-the-scenes and it basically has Carrey staying in character and being a very annoying person just like Andy Kaufman. It's funny to see the fight that Carrey, as Andy, gets into with Jerry Lawler, who in real life was Andy's rival.

I must admit that I never found Kaufman to be that funny but as this documentary points out, he was one comedian who wanted to make people hate him more than make them laugh. There's an interesting point in the documentary where Carrey, who is constantly addressing the footage and this documentary, says that MAN ON THE MOON would have been better had it captured some of the madness that was going on off camera. That's really a terrific idea and it certainly would have made the film a lot more interesting had it cut between the "fake" movie and the real drama that was going on behind-the-scenes.

It was interesting watching this footage because Carrey was basically abusing a lot of people. The question then becomes if it was okay because this was art? Should an actor be allowed to abuse those around him in order to gain the right performance? There are some interesting ideas expressed here and this was certainly a fascinating film to watch.
Watch Jim the Magnificent
Watch Jim the Magnificent. With a few short footage with Andy. But mostly about how Jim was so Magnificent. And a few words about Andy. Yet watch Jim and how Magnificent he is. And yes, Jim is a good actor. But this is it: a lame impersonator, void of any message. And because Andy is dead and Jim needs a restart, Andy is just an accessory. Saddening.

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I thought it was just okay
I was really looking forward to seeing this, because Man on the Moon is amongst my favourite movies of all time (definitely in my Top 20), and I was intrigued by the fact that, as we recently found out, Carrey "stayed in character" throughout the entire production process. I was curious to see how that all turned out. And even though it was interesting to see all the footage, and I could even relate to some of the things Jim said in his interview bits, but in the end there was no point, no message, nothing that we could learn from all of this (other than the fact that shooting Man on the Moon must have been a painful and exhausting experience for everyone involved). All in all, it was an okay documentary, I was never bored, but I expected something more, to be honest. Even possibly something revelatory, as I always thought there was much more to Jim Carrey than just his amazing on-screen talent. And maybe there still is, but this was not the documentary to reveal that to us.
Amazing journey into a performer's mind.
This movie is an unique look at the crafting arts of an actor. The details about the transformation of Jim Carrey are something to behold. Of courser, people in the business will enjoy it a lot and in more subtle ways. But everybody can enjoy the expression of humanity here. The camera work is really amazing and it disappears between a very good direction. It really gives a deeper understanding at the fantastic original movie its based on. I think we can agree that it was that movie, and after it many more, that showed us the great actor Jim Carrey is. Of course many of us already knew that when we saw him in The Mask, Dumb and dumber, and Pet Detective.
What is truth?
Few things get me more emotional than Andy Kaufman. Even hearing a few words of R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon" makes my eyes well up. I remember watching his early appearances live on Saturday Night Live and the night he got into a fist fight on Fridays. And while I was alive for his descent into pro wrestling mania and his battle with cancer, I don't remember much of the end. Maybe I didn't want to process it. Maybe that's why I believed — to this day — that Andy is just waiting to pull the curtain back on all of us and come back. And maybe not coming back? Perhaps that's his best trick of all.

Conversely, I've never liked Jim Carrey. Unlike Andy, who undermined his own popularity and resisted the mainstream while simultaneously making a living from it, he seemed too eager to please. Too happy to take and take from the blockbuster machine, to be in works that didn't challenge him. That's why The Cable Guy surprised me. Here as the buffoon who mugged his way through Dumb and Dumber forcing viewers to contemplate the pain behind the character. He followed that movie with later challenging films like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The Jim Carrey that appears here is not the rubber-faced maniac who seemed to cry out, "Watch me! Love me!" This is a graying, faded, bearded, rougher man who has been through no small degree of personal loss and pain. And this is also a man who willingly gave his identity over to not just Andy Kaufman, but to Andy's more frightening side, the villainous Tony Clifton.

In a recent Newsweek article, Kaufman's sister gives some insight: "I think that Jim Carrey was a vessel," she said. " I do believe he allowed Andy to come through him. I also chose to believe that Andy was coming through him. When he looked at me, I'm not kidding. It was like speaking to Andy from the great beyond. I felt like he was coming through as the evolved, astral Andy."

I've watched Milos Forman's Man on the Moon numerous times. And I've read plenty of books, digested plenty of articles and watched every appearance Andy did on TV. I look to him in the way that I extend to few performers: he's more of a truth-speaking prophet than just a person. Do I give him too much credit? Do I see things in him, do I project magic that he wasn't able to perform? I think — I fervently believe — that he was something more. A force. Someone who was able to push buttons, upset people and be a real-life wrestling heel while at the same time delivering childlike moments of whimsy and wonder. Just the footage of him inviting everyone to join him for milk and cookies after his Carnegie Hall performance makes me weep openly. It feels too real, too loving, too honest and much too true.

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A Mandelbrot vortex film.
On first glance this film seems a little self serving, an interesting but ultimately conceit of hindsight.

But as the film progresses it messes with your mind, what's real? What's not? Is Jim Carrey really that committed to his performance, is he really the delicate introspective on his way to being lost?

It's on the whole delightfully chaotic, continuously blurring reality with character and legend. The professional life of Kaufman seems to have been dripping with deliberate misdirection and the manic ability to say the wrong thing at the right time in order to create mischief and crafted mayhem. After all, anarchy is order...

Carrey is engaging in his interview, drops of real Jim and drips of insight blend into what feels like dead pan method acting, reflecting on the mirror of nearly 20 year old method acting that reflected the managed chaos of Kaufman.

Or is it all real? It's impossible to tell, the lie is in the truth. Several times art reflects life and Carrey uses lies and truth to very interesting effect. Every time you think you've got a grip of what's real there's a subtle, or not at all subtle, reminder that what you're watching could well be an extension of a very elaborate hoax... Joke... Homage... Dammit it's something.