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A man takes a job in a strange office building where he stumbles upon a room that takes him inside the head of actor JohnMalkovich. Once there he can see life through Malkovich's eyes with surprising consequences.
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Few films have earned their space in the Pantheon to the extent the nearly unimaginable “BeingJohnMalkovich” manages. This is a maniacal comedy that somehow projects as both carefully plotted and joyously unrestrained.
Dead-end puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is mired in a futile marriage to pet-obsessed wife Lotte (Cameron Diaz). As a clerk for LesterCorp, he toils on the low-ceilinged 7-½ floor. Craig gets the hots for disinterested coworker Maxine Lund (Catherine Keener). He finds a door behind a file cabinet, and into it - and into the mind of legendary actor JohnMalkovich - he crawls. For 15 minutes per session, Craig sees the world through Malkovich’s eyes. He shares the portal with Maxine, and together, they monetize the Malkovich experience like a $200 carnival ride.
Malkovich himself is stunning in his own repurposing, and director Spike Jonze has never been more dialed in. Yet above all else, “BeingJohnMalkovich” is a master class in writing - in its wildly unshackled conception and in its brilliant execution - and only the great Charlie Kaufman is to blame. This is a film you show aspiring scribes as screenwriting at its most aspirational. – (Was this review of use to you? If so, let me know by clicking "Helpful.") - WATCHED IT? THEN WATCHLIST:
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It's unjust to review this film after only one viewing, but here we go anyway. BeingJohnMalkovich, the world's first glimpse at Charlie Kaufman's brilliant and twisted mind, is an incredibly original and confident debut. If a lesser writer were to tackle the same exact premise of this film, the results would probably be disastrous and nonsensical. The triumph of the film is mostly due to Kaufman's belief and dedication to his off-the-wall material. He handles big philosophical ideas through elements of humor, fantasy, and escapism, a wonderful clash of styles. Chock full of symbolism, most of it dealing with manipulation, lack of identity, and repression, BeingJohnMalkovich is one of those films a hip professor would show their students in a philosophy/film course 101 and murder it through dissection. Spike Jonze also made an auspicious feature length debut with this film. Whereas Kaufman is most creative on the page, Jonze's field of comfort is the screen, and he proves that with his unique camerawork and strong visual eye. His brilliance shines through in the directing of the puppeteering scenes and most prominently, the sequence in which Lotte and Maxine enter into and travel through Malkovich's subconscious. And the acting, my god! John Cusack is hilarious and pathetic as a very David Foster Wallace-esque character. Cameron Diaz is surprisingly great as Cusack's animal-loving and possibly transsexual wife. Catherine Keener's screen presence is enormous as the seductive and bazaar Maxine. And shining with his name in the title, JohnMalkovich gives a stunning performance in probably one of the strangest roles an actor can take in his career. He channels a pitiful puppeteer channeling Malkovich with eery exactitude. Orson Bean is also wonderful as a 105 year-old bodysnatcher and Charlie Sheen is great at being Charlie Sheen. The Coen Brothers' chief film composer, Carter Burwell, offers up a great classical piano score that perfectly suits the haunting nature of the film. BeingJohnMalkovich is full of surprises. Not gimmicky M. Night Shyamalan twists, but meaningful and strange surprises that add layers of depth to an already deep story. It's all in a day's work for Charlie Kaufman, and the cast and crew who worked on the film couldn't have been any better. Bravo!
This is a quirky, surrealistic movie. Touching and puzzling. Well worth seeing, even if it's moral base is a trifle sociopathic--what happens, for instance, to the sweet little girl viewed in the end when she becomes 44? The problem I have is this: Amazon a=wants me to review this as a PRODUCT. The product sucked. Playing the movie on my computer or casting it to my television, the sound was almost inaudible. I had to risk my speakers at their highest level to get any intelligible sound at all. I id finally get acceptable sound by chaining amps, but really, this is nonsense. Going to the web, Amazon's FAQ simply says, in effect, it ain't our problem--jack up your speakers. This is irresponsible BS.
This is a very odd movie. You must be in a certain mood to watch and enjoy it. Everyone loves J. Malkovich, but this is such a strange concept for a film. Some may not enjoy it. It does have some humor involved....but even the humor is odd. The half floor for example. I laughed hysterically, but once again....the humor may be too dry for some to understand. I may have to watch it a few more times.
Just amazing for complete originality! I adore anything original. Anything not boxed and canned by boring story beats taught to throngs of weak film students killing any authentic approach creative drive that doesn’t fit into a box for mass consumption. And then this...hell yes! Be bold and thank the heavens for freshness!
Mad story by Charlie Kaufman. Well directed by Spike Jonze. I watched 'BeingJohnMalkovich' in the cinema 18 years ago with my ex-girlfriend. I remembered that I loved the film as a quirky, unique story, with brilliant visual work, fantastic script and excellent acting - so seeing it again on DVD, I was suprised to find that none of my memories were falsely exaggerated - this is a great film.
5.0 out of 5 starsProfound, clever, philosophical.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2015
In my top five films of all time.
Having read the negative reviews it seems they fall into two categories "difficulty in understanding a plot", and "unlikeable characters". Indeed none of the characters are your typical hollywood heros, but that's because this isn't a typical hollywood film. The characters have depth in multiple dimensions of human nature, and so they are not clearly definable as good or bad, as most people are used to in hollywood.
As for plot, again it doesn't follow a straightforward hollywood plot line, the narrative, point and symbology is complex and intricate.
The philosophical points being made are probably far too deep and confusing for the average person of our idiocracy. Concepts such as shared consciousness, the notion of self, life after death, self direction, free will, etc.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2016
This film must be unique in just about every way, nearest comparison I can think of is, a bit like Alice going down the rabbit hole. Very imaginitive movie, cannot begin to explain it, but it has John Cusack and Cameron Diaz and, obviously, JohnMalkovich and is brilliantly directed by Spike Jonze.