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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Throwback DVD Review: "Being John Malkovich"

"There is truth, and there are lies, and art always tells the truth. Even when it's lying."
What if you could become the person you aways wanted to be, but you had to live as someone else? Three lost souls who become the people they'd always wanted to become by escaping into the attractive mind of actor John Malkovich in the 1999 dark comedy Being John Malcovich. Directed by Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are), Being John Malcovich and co-starring Malkovich, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack, the movie follows Craig Schwartz, a passionate, out-of-work puppeteer played by Cusack, who discovers a portal in his office that leads to the inside of Malkovich's mind. Confused at first, he becomes quickly fascinated by the chance to walk in the lucky shoes of the actor who seems to have everything he does not--money, fame, beautiful women and the chance have the career of his dreams. Of course a secret this good he can't keep to himself, he ends up spilling the beans to his pet-obsessed wife Lotte (Diaz) and unimpressed co-worker Maxine (Keener) who both become intrigued by the mind of John Malkovich for very different reasons, which end up with them falling in love with each other. It becomes a thorny love triangle when Craig tries to become Malkovich to get closer to Maxine and Lotte becomes Malkovich to get closer to Maxine, who's apparently a hot number here. All the while no one appears to be too interested in Craig, whose grand plan to become someone else had backfired. And poor Malkovich is stuck in the middle with a seemingly raped mind at this point.
Though Being John Malkovich was deliciously original and delivers an underrated performance by John Cusack, the ending was a bit disappointing. What did you think?

Reel Talk rating: B+


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