Jim Carrey has been on a hot streak, staging a comeback after doing some experimental work that didn't quite pan out. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a reminder of why we love Jim Carrey and reminds us of the crazy scene stealing that he did 15 years ago. So now we'll celebrate his career with a list of his best past performances.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
The purest Jim Carrey performance of all time is the one where he plays a man tracking a missing dolphin. Highlighting his larger than animal persona and showing off his trademark voice characterization, Ace Ventura is the Jim Carrey we all remember and love. What's more is that Ace Ventura has one of the best plot twists in comedic history and we ll shudder to think about it today.
The Mask (1994)
The Mask is basically the Ace Ventura base persona on steroids. Giving Carrey the ability to showcase his comedic talent with Tex Avery style antics all the while slathered in green face paint. The Mask has an insanity that few films have ever been able to match and Carrey is perfect for it. The sequel meanwhile doesn't have Carrey in it and is far less memorable.
The Truman Show (1998)
Jim Carrey's most thoughtful performance and one of the best and sincere performances he's ever done. The Truman character may not be over the top and only partly has some of Carrey's trademarks, but it's one of the best cases for Carrey as something more than a comedic actor. Presenting a man who's life is one long reality show and doesn't know it, The Truman Show is Jim Carrey's best performance ever. The film even has even inspired its own medical classification for schizophrenic patients and has become a film accepted in Christian theological circles for its religious allusions -- that's a good movie!
These are the best performances in the very best Jim Carrey movies, but honorable mention goes to movies in which Carrey created amazing characters but the movies were just not worthwhile, like Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and, of course, The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas -- those movies failed despite Carrey's creative portrayals.