Being John Malkovich
Directed by Spike Jonze
I know I was supposed to fall in love with this film's originality and absurdity, but I was unable to take to this one. Maybe it's because I can't stand Cameron Diaz. I have also been cold towards John Cusack since I saw the trainwreck that was 1408.
An unhappily married puppeteer, Craig, develops a crush on his coworker Maxine after being hired as a file clerk. He discovers a portal behind a filing cabinet that allows him to enter the mind of John Malkovich. If I was going to become a Yeerk (points to readers that understand that nerdy reference), John Malkovich would be low on my list of desired targets. Craig reveals to the portal to Maxine, and the two begin to charge admission. It isn't long before Craig learns how to make Malkovich one of his marionettes and um...things escalate logically from there.
There is certainly an original idea behind this film, but I think it might have better been explored in a less comedic way. I mean, the implications of this universe are staggering, but the movie gives us very little information. I wouldn't be complaining if the comedic aspects had worked better, but I didn't find the characters quite as amusing as I was supposed to.
I can see the appeal of this film, but in the end, I just didn't mesh well with it.
Spike Jonze has said that one producer asked him to rewrite the film as Being Tom Cruise. That would quickly turn into a horror movie.