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While too many movies suffer the fate of creative bankruptcy, Being John Malkovich is a refreshing study in contrast, so bracingly original that you'll want to send director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman a thank-you note for restor
While too many movies suffer the fate of creative bankruptcy,Being John Malkovich is a refreshing study in contrast, so bracingly original that you'll want to send director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman a thank-you note for restoring your faith in the enchantment of film. Even if it ultimately serves little purpose beyond the thrill of comedic invention, this demented romance is gloriously entertaining, spilling over with ideas that tickle the brain and even touch the heart. That's to be expected in a movie that dares to ponder the existential dilemma of a forlorn puppeteer (John Cusack) who discovers a metaphysical portal into the brain of actor John Malkovich.
The puppeteer's working as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a Manhattan office building; this idea alone might serve as the comedic basis for an entire film, but Jonze and Kaufman are just getting started. Add a devious coworker (Catherine Keener), Cusack's dowdy wife (a barely recognizable Cameron Diaz), and a business scheme to capitalize on the thrill of being John Malkovich, and you've got a movie that just gets crazier as it plays by its own outrageous rules. Malkovich himself is the film's pièce de résistance, riffing on his own persona with obvious delight and--when he enters his own brain via the portal--appearing with multiple versions of himself in a tour-de-force use of digital trickery. Does it add up to much? Not really. But for 112 liberating minutes, Being John Malkovich is a wild place to visit. --Jeff Shannon
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It certainly isn't straight-forward, or easy to access, or as superficially funny as traditional comedies. But, it is unique, and layered, and perfectly executed IMHO.
You can watch the films in order or mix them up. My preference is to begin with Adaptation, which easily merges with Being John Malkovich. Neither one is the normal Hollywood movie. In fact they don't even come close.
Being John Malkovich, which debuted at the end of the 20th Century, was seen by more people.
Many of the actors in the films were cast in roles that would not have been expected. Meryl Streep is a good example. Nicolas Cage was cast in a role similar to his performance in the Coen Brothers' film Raising Arizona. In fact, the Kaufman and Jones writer and director team could be confused with the Coen Brothers.
In this review I have left out the core of Being John Malkovich. More of you have seen that film and remember it. If not, check out some of the other reviews.