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From the creator of Being John Malkovich, comes the story about the creator of Being John Malkovich.
Charlie Kaufman (Cage) writes the way he lives, with great difficulty. His twin brother Donald (also Cage) lives the way he writes, with foolish abandon. Susan (Streep) writes about life, but can't live it. John's (Cooper) life is a book, waiting to be adapted. One story. Four lives. A million ways it can end.
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Adaptation is a self-indulgent, solipsistic and dizzying descent into the troubled craft of creation: specifically the creation of a screenplay adaptation based on an unfilmable non-fiction novel. Just thinking about the film makes my head spin as I try and unravel Charlie Kaufman’s creative processes. Anybody who has ever tried to create art knows how difficult and fraught with self doubt it can be but to turn those personal disappointments into a work of self-reflexive brilliance demonstrates a rare and special talent.
Kaufman takes his own genuine troubles adapting Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief and creates a film that not only captures the essence of the novel but also deconstructs the complexities of the writing…
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Fuck off. Nicolas Cage is amazing.
That is all.
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Charlie Kaufman: I've written myself into my screenplay.
Donald Kaufman: That's kind of weird, huh?
Yeah, kinda. Adaptation. works out in a funny old way. It works itself into itself and works its way out of itself and works its way back in where it came from. Which is back into itself. Some may even call it 'self-indulgent' and 'narcissistic'. In fact, the main character said that. About writing himself into the screenplay. The character that says this is the writer of the film itself. You could call it 'screenplayception'.
It works like this for the first two acts, until the third act where it bizarrely ventures into thriller territory. Kinda. And then it…
"Sometimes this kind of story turns out to be something more. Some glimpse of life that expands like those Japanese paper balls you drop in water and they bloom in the flowers and the flower is so marvelous you can't believe there was a time that all you saw in front of you was a paper ball and a glass of water."
That pretty much sums up what I thought of this film the first time I saw it years ago. There was a time I saw a movie (or whatever the hell it is) and now I see a masterpiece.
On my first watch, I didn't have much of an opinion of it other than it was... "strange". I…
I’m passionate about writing. From a very young age, I loved nothing more than putting pen to paper and scrawling out stories about a whole manner of themes and events. As a child I wrote about serial killers (I had an entire series planned, based on the Halloween films, called Surrogacy, in which a woman becomes a surrogate, gives the child away for money and then, years later, the messed-up child hunts her down and tries to kill her and her new family… yes, I was a fucked-up ten year old. I also had one called Birthday Boy which was exactly the same, except the child had died and been resurrected by demons or something. Definitely a weirdo...) and…
I've watched Adaptation at least three times, maybe more. Even though I don't love it, I keep coming back to it because the premise is so compelling and ambitious. This is my first time attempting to come to terms with the fact that I don't like this film very much and to figure out why. My conclusion is that I love the screenplay so much that the finished film seems to fall short in comparison.
There is admittedly a ton of brilliance on display. The choice of writer Charlie Kaufman to create a film about his experience with screenwriting was a good one, since the finished product is both intensely personal and fascinating to behold. I love that he turns…
Director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people. Adaptation is dazzlingly original, both funny and thought-provoking.
Phasenweise großartig, dann wiederum schleppend und kaum beeindruckend. Insgesamt irgendwo dazwischen mit Tendenz nach oben.
Once again Charlie Kaufman excels at his brilliant and inventive screenplay, which is hilarious, engaging and painfully ironic. Nicholas Cage is fantastic at playing both Charlie and Donald Kaufman, the title is of course ironic as it is not an adaptation of the source novel, but more of Charlie Kaufman attempting to write a screenplay about a novel which is about flowers, and his experiences of writers block. The film is such a remarkable post modern analysis of screen writing, and Charlies bitterness on how generic Hollywood scripts (Donald) get the most attention from studio executives. The film cleverly blurs the lines between reality and adaptation being both auto biographical and fictional simultaneously. Real life people appear such as the…
Another really good Kaufman/Jonze collaboration. I was always a fan of meta-narrative movies since they allow some really creative freedom for the writer, and yet a lot of the time it comes off as very badly executed. Kaufman shows us how it's done the right way and even goes further by actually incorporating himself in his movie, which usually is a sign of a writer being stuck up his own ass (see Stephen King for a crash course and masterclass in that particular field), but what sells it here are the absolutely amazing performances given by Nicolas Cage.
Cage is often just regarded as this off-beat actor that's basically Johnny Depp but without a shred of sanity left in his…
The gold standard.
Wow what a screenplay. So meta.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I almost feel like Kaufman infected me with his writing block. It's hard to put my thoughts about this movie into words so I'll just start by saying I loved it. Adaptation. is a film that stands out trough multiple aspects of film making, beginning with a genius script. The fact that Kaufman himself was struggling with a writers block which resulted into this script ultimately is really amazing. You just don't make this kind of thing up, writing a film about yourself struggling to adapt an book into a movie. The fact that the movie is so layered makes it a bit hard to get in to it at first. It took me some time getting used to what…
What should I write for this review? I liked the movie, but how to put it into words? I should get a coffee. I should write something then reward myself with coffee.
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