In many ways, “Ace Ventura” was the character that catapulted Jim Carrey to superstar status. But what is it that makes this movie so rewatchable?
“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” – directed by Tom Shadyac; starring Jim Carrey, Courtney Cox, and Sean Young; Warner Bros. and Morgan Creek
Looking back, it’s hard to imagine that it took a character like Ace Ventura to catapult the career of an acting titan like Jim Carrey. You have to give Carrey credit, however, he got his break and took full advantage of the opportunity.
Prior to Ace Ventura, Carrey had dabbled in varying projects here and there. First, in stand up comedy where he gained a reputation as a master impressionist and human-cartoon. Then, in various film roles that never quite took. Finally, before returning to feature films, in sketch comedy on ‘In Living Color.’
It was in ‘In Living Color‘ where people saw the potential of Jim Carrey as a frontman. It takes guts to be the only white guy in an African-American focused sketch comedy show. It takes serious skill to be the only one to stand out in a cast that featured the likes of the Wayans brothers, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson, and other big-time names.
It wasn’t just that Jim Carrey was white either. His characters were just unbelievably brilliant and memorable. Be it Fire Marshall Bill or Umbilical Barry, nobody had better characters than the man who would go on to play Ace Ventura.
The first Ventura picture, ‘Pet Detective,’ is about the kidnapping of Miami Dolphins mascot Snowflake the dolphin. A convoluted mystery with plenty of twists and turns can only be solved by Ace Ventura, an odd, sarcastic, wiseass that nobody believes in.
This is far from Jim Carrey’s best performance in a movie. However, it is a memorable one.
See this if you want Carrey at his most cartoonish. Beware, however, you will be quoting this movie nonstop after viewing.