Cultural Arts Review

Posted on May 10, 2013 by



Himalayas (Photo credit: little byte of luck)

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I decided to do my analysis on a very popular film, and a must see production Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. The best way to quickly summarize the film is a Pet detective named Ace Ventura comes out of retirement to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the symbol of an African tribe. The film is starring Jim Carrey who is best known for being in several comedies. Ace in the film seems to have some sort of incredible connection with all living animals and uses these instincts while being an animal detective. Religion comes in the film when he starts out on some sort of vision quest trying to find inner peace. He does this because he is blaming himself for the death of a raccoon that he could have saved. After the event he is represented, as going into a deep regret stage and that meditation will solve his inner spiritual problems.

It begins by putting him in a Buddhism temple setting high up in the Himalayas far away from any type of actual society. When actually in real life there are few temples such as these that are practically unreachable. Also you have to factor in that there are many of these temples and most of them aren’t that big but are even in homes for them to pray whenever they have time. In the first scene in the temple people and objects are depicted in certain ways. You could almost say it is what westerners believe a Buddhist temple looks like. Hundreds of candles were placed all throughout the room as if it helps create a relaxing feel to the room and become more in touch with ones self-being. Also there is a giant Buddha statue in the middle of the room with most of the candles surrounding it. The monks that live there are also betrayed as being all old, bald, and uncommonly patient in the way they go about their day. When Ace leaves though, they all erupt in joy. They given the identity as being a bunch of immature old guys running around in there underwear because they are so glad they don’t have to deal with Ace and his craziness anymore. Reality is that they are regular adult people that prayer and worship is a part of there everyday rituals. There main objective is to achieve enlightenment and find the quickest path to attain enlightenment through rituals.


Buddhism (Photo credit: shapour bahrami)

In the middle of the film there is a scene where Ace is looking for answers from his master, but the problem is that he is all the way on the other side of the world. He finds a way to communicate with him by his spirit leaving his body through meditation and traveling to the temple. His spirit is there but his body isn’t, this is not realistic and makes it look like it could actually be possible if you’re deeply enlightened. It also portrays the monks as being people who sit around on pillows all day trying to meditate and seeking for answers every second of the day. Also that they have a certain majestic aura about them, that they do know the answers to every question. Truth is that they are just regular people trying to achieve enlightenment and believe in there religion.