by Gary Johnson
he Majestic is pure Hollywood corn. That's not necessarily bad. Star Wars is corn. It's a Wonderful Life is corn. Good corn can be sublime, but mediocre corn can be sentimental, predictable mush. The Majestic is mediocre corn. It wallows in nostalgia like a country crafts store. And most surprisingly, it displays almost no sense of humor, although it's as light as a helium balloon and has Jim Carrey in virtually scene. To help give the story some semblance of weight, the plot revolves around an impending congressional hearing about communism in Hollywood, but this development is an arbitrary contrivance meant to threaten the movie's romantic idealism and inject some suspense into the proceedings.
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