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JOHN MALKOVICH (1999)
Directed by Spike
Distributed by Propaganda
Films. 113 minutes. Rated R.
Being John Malkovich
has an extremely smart and surrealistic idea for a film. What if you found a
way to experience the life of a celebrity?
John Cusack plays a poor
puppeteer (and one of the greatest flights of fancy in the film is that
there is any other kind of puppeteer) who finds a portal into the
mind of movie actor John Malkovich. The only thing is, you can only be in
the mind for 15 minutes before getting dumped out onto the New Jersey
Soon Cusack and a gold-digging co-worker (Catherine Keener)
whom he is infatuated — are turning this miracle into a profitable business.
Cusacks wife (Cameron Diaz, playing way against type as a frumpy, sexually
confused housewife) becomes addicted to the rush of experiencing another,
more interesting life. Eventually the three become a strange love triangle
whose only real connection is deceit.
Malkovich has a lot of fun in playing
himself in a role that essentially mocks his celebrity. Music video auteur
Spike Jonze shows a very creative grasp in his feature film-directing debut.
I just wish the movie, for all its cleverness, didnt leave me feeling just
a little unsatisfied. It is much more inventive than it is actually good.
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