Being John Malkovich is about a puppeteer, Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), who gets hired at a company on the 7 1/2 floor of a New York City building as a filer. One day, he pulls out a filing cabinet and finds a door, which is a portal into the mind of John Malkovich. When he enters, he realizes he can be John Malkovich for a period of time before being spit out onto the New Jersey Turnpike.
Most movies that have a strange plot synopsis like that don’t turn out to be as strange as I was expecting. This, on the other hand, was way weirder, and darker. While it is strange, it was unapologetically so, and definitely a cohesive piece. With a movie like this, it is difficult to talk about anything other than the directing and writing. This was Spike Jonze first major motion picture, and is a movie that could only be made by a Hollywood outsider like him (ignore the fact that he married Sofia Coppola that year). While I don’t feel there was much content to analyze deeper than the plot line itself, the film doesn’t need it. It accomplished it’s goal in being thought-provoking and interesting, the viewer’s enjoyment came second.
I respect filmmakers like Spike Jonze who make films entirely for themselves. When a filmmaker makes it for the widest audience possible, you get a Michael Bay movie. Spike Jonze built a creative and original world, that comes together to form a bizarre masterpiece.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%