Watched Jun 27, 2012
Walter Andrade’s review:
Simply one of the best films I've ever seen.
I bet you had already saw a group of girls screaming and crying for Justin Bieber or Backstreet Boys or something like these. It's quite scary the admiration these people has for their idols. To play with it, Kaufman wrote a story about the possibility to actually be this person.
When the unsuccessful puppeteer Craig Schwartz realizes that his life needs to change and tries to find a job, due the ability of his hands, he becomes a file clerk for the off-kilter Lestercorp. Accidentally, he discovers a portal that leads him inside the mysterious mind of the performer John Malkovich.
The development of this original story depicts the fascination of the people trying to be some celebrity as the result of our modern insecurity and how dangerous and, worse, creatively poor it is. The lack of self-knowledge, self-love or respect leads a lot of people to this mistake that being a celebrity is some better way to live, giving emptiness to their own existence.
The greatest achievement here, however, isn't the criticism. It is the way it is done. Being John Malkovich is a brilliant comedy full of remarkable moments when completely odd thing looks so realistic that can only be fiction.