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Charlie Kaufman writes the way he lives... With Great Difficulty. His Twin Brother Donald Lives the way he writes... with foolish abandon. Susan writes about life... But can't live it. John's life is a book... Waiting to be adapted. One story... Four Live
A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
The December Challenge: Film #110
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…
Dear valued Letterboxd patrons,
Fuck off. Nicolas Cage is amazing.
That is all.
From the creator of Being John Malkovich, comes the story about the creator of Being John Malkovich. Adaptation chronicles the struggle that screenwriter Charlie Kaufman went through while adapting the book this film was supposed to be based on into a screenplay and also dramatizes the events from the source material. Written by Charlie Kaufman & directed by Spike Jonze, Adaptation is a fresh, imaginative & highly engaging work of originality on the same page as the duo's previous venture together.
Do it once & it's a fluke, do it twice & it becomes something else. And that's what both Jonze & Kaufman have pulled off here, with Kaufman coming up with a unique vision & Jonze beautifully realizing it on the film canvas, once again.…
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 becomes about itself again.
"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…
Showing it to The Boy. Didn't grab me quite as hard as it did the first time, year ago, but it still delights with the meta third-act turn into McKean structure.
"Adaptation is a profound process. It means you figure out how to thrive in the world."
"Adaptation", is the work of renowned screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, and director Spike Jonze. Based off his own experiences of adapting "The Orchid Thief", Kaufman pens a screenplay which is wholly original, self-referential, clever, layered, funny, and thought-provoking; and delves into the creative process. Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, and Chris Cooper each give such wonderful performances - most notably Chris Cooper who plays John Laroche an endlessly passionate, and intelligible orchid hunter. With a mesh of Kaufman's sharply written script, and a barrage of great performances "Adaptation" makes for an unique experience very much worth your time.
Adaptation is that kind of film that has a cool story and keeps you watching it but without putting much thought, until you realize the metalinguistic nature of the film and your mind is blown away. This is only possible thanks to the great performances (yes, Nicholas Cage is excellent in his role[s]) and the clever plot written by the film's protagonist (can you get a glimpse of the ambience of this film?)
I'm unsure how to review this movie, I like it more than some-people but less than others.
A movie about
Writing a movie about
The movie we see.
Carajo, quiero ser guionista.
I saw this in the theater. Mind blowing. Great script and direction. Made me reconsider my attitudes about life.
wow so meta lol
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