Another filmmaker whose filmography I wanted to work my way through was Charlie Kaufman. Before this one, I had seen three of his films, and I really enjoyed them all. This film in specific has been on my radar for a while, even before I began to love Kaufman. This film definitely has the feel of a Kaufman film, with dark existentialist humor throughout.
This film, much like the other Kaufman films that I have seen, has a very mind-bending plot. It presents many questions about ethics and the purpose of life. The film builds a very complex mythology, and there are a few things left unexplained, but they don't necessarily feel like plot holes, but rather, things that are purposefully left unexplained. The romantic plot of the film is also very interesting. Surprisingly, it's not very formulaic. It adds a unique feeling to the film. The dark humor in the film is also great, keeping the film extremely involving like the rest of Kaufman's films.
The film is also very well-acted. Malkovich delivers an impressive meta-performance. He is humorous and reactive to the role. He is believable as his character undergoes... changes... throughout the film. John Cusack and Catherine Keener also give very good performances, showing a lot of emotion in their roles. Cameron Diaz initially annoyed me quite a bit in the film, but as the character began to add more depth, her performance did as well, however, she is not nearly as successful as the other three main actors. The cinematography is also very good, especially the scenes from Malkovich's perspective.
So overall, I really like "Being John Malkovich". It's a unique, interesting, and well-made film, but it definitely has the same feel as Kaufman's other films. It's complex and at times bizarre, so it's not necessarily for everyone.
Being John Malkovich
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray borrowed from the library.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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