Movie: Being John Malkovich

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October 10, 2012 by chriszumtobel

I should start by letting you guys know that I am big Charlie Kaufman fan: I think his storylines are bizarre, his characters are issue-ridden, and his writing is superb. But until yesterday, I had never before seen Being John Malkovich, and to be honest, I don’t think it stands up to the bar he had set with both Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Adaptation: two of my very favorite movies.  I think my problem with the movie was mainly that I couldn’t get into the main character, played by John Cusak.  Usual in Kaufman’s movies I find the protagonist extremely sensitive and likeable, but that didn’t ring true here.  That being said, it is of course another bizarre and thought-provoking storyline and John Malkovich is great in the film.  I recommend giving it a shot yourself to form your own opinion (it is widely critically aclaimed), but I can’t help but recommend the other two of Kaufman’s movies, which I mentioned above, quite a bit higher.

Also, if you read this post on reading screenplays and found yourself interested at all, then Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a great place to start!  You can find all of Charlie Kaufman’s writing on his website.

You can read the rest of my movie recommendations on this page


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