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Being John Malkovich (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
While too many movies suffer the fate of creative bankruptcy, Being John Malkovich is a refreshing study in contrast, so bracingly original that you'll want to send director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman a thank-you note for restoring your faith in the enchantment of film. Even if it ultimately serves little purpose beyond the thrill of comedic invention, this demented romance is gloriously entertaining, spilling over with ideas that tickle the brain and even touch the heart. That's to be expected in a movie that dares to ponder the existential dilemma of a forlorn puppeteer (John Cusack) who discovers a metaphysical portal into the brain of actor John Malkovich.
The puppeteer's working as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a Manhattan office building; this idea alone might serve as the comedic basis for an entire film, but Jonze and Kaufman are just getting started. Add a devious coworker (Catherine Keener), Cusack's dowdy wife (a barely recognizable Cameron Diaz), and a business scheme to capitalize on the thrill of being John Malkovich, and you've got a movie that just gets crazier as it plays by its own outrageous rules. Malkovich himself is the film's pièce de résistance, riffing on his own persona with obvious delight and--when he enters his own brain via the portal--appearing with multiple versions of himself in a tour-de-force use of digital trickery. Does it add up to much? Not really. But for 112 liberating minutes, Being John Malkovich is a wild place to visit. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found this movie to be pretty strange. I liked the idea behind it, but it was not executed in a manner that really made me want to keep watching. Read morePublished on May 21 2013 by Samantha K Krewulak
This is a great release for a great film. Very worthwhile purchase for any fan of the film. Definitely recommended to all.Published on Aug. 3 2012 by Michael
thank you for fast shipping and correct product classification. I would buy from you again for sure, thank you, I will enjoy it soon.Published on Dec 16 2011 by Barbaros Remzi KARSLI
Le disque et la pochette sont très bien, sauf qu'il manque un disque à l'intérieur... c'est un SPECIAL EDITION, et ce disque manque.Published on June 1 2010 by Jennifer Dodon
Unlike the excellent follow-ups of "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine," this movie lacks a human element. There is not a single likable or relatable character in the entire movie. Read morePublished on June 7 2006 by William P. Jacobs
Warning:before watching this film you should realize that this could be one of the weirdest, craziest film of all time. It kept me scratching my head. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by newfound32
I purchased this film with high hopes, being an aficionado of off-kilter movies. And with a plot like Being John Malkovich's, how could I go wrong? Read morePublished on April 17 2004