Being John Malkovich - (1999) Directed by Spike Jonze
Metacritic Score: 90 out of 100
Craig Schwartz: Lots of things. That jewel thief movie, for example. He’s very well respected. Anyway, the point is… this is a very odd thing. It’s supernatural, for lack of a better word. I mean, it raises all sorts of philosophical-type questions, you know… about the nature of self, about the existence of a soul. You know, am I me? Is Malkovich Malkovich? I had a piece of wood in my hand Maxine. I don’t have it any more. Where is it? Did it disappear? How could that be? Is it still in Malkovich’s head? I don’t know! Do you see what a metaphysical can of worms this portal is? I don’t see how I could go on living my life the way I’ve lived it before
I saw this movie on a recommendation from a friend. When describing it to me - after several unsuccessful attempts to ‘find the right words’- he simply gave up and said, “It is weird.” Immediately I knew I had to see it. After watching it I can confirm with absolute certainty that it is, in fact, “weird,” but it is the best kind of weird. One that isn’t an attention whore, one that isn’t afraid to take risks, and one that does that shit right. I loved it from start to finish. Not only did the concept of a puppeteer taking on the life of a celebrity actor because the woman he was in love with loved someone else, but the movie reaffirmed my adoration of John Malkovich’s voice. I’m no film critic, so I can only judge a movie based on my enjoyment of it. That being said, A+, John Malkovich.