Being John Malkovich
The Criterion Collection
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Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Or, more specifically, have you ever wanted to crawl through a portal hidden in an anonymous office building and thereby enter the cerebral cortex of John Malkovich for fifteen minutes before being spat out on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike? Then director Spike Jonze (Adaptation) and writer Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) have the movie for you. Melancholy marionettes, office drudgery, a frizzy-haired Cameron Diaz (There's Something About Mary) but that's not all! Surrealism, possession, John Cusack (Say Anything), a domesticated primate, Freud, Catherine Keener (Capote), non sequiturs, and absolutely no romance! But wait: get your Being John Malkovich now and we'll throw in emasculation, slapstick, Abelard and Heloise, and extra Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich.
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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.
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.