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Being John Malkovich (1999)

Last week I crossed another movie off my “films I should’ve seen by now but haven’t” list.

Being John Malkovich (1999).

Like with a lot of films I’ve never got around to watching, I knew very little about about this one other than the title and who was in it.

It’s written by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and it stars (believe it or not) John Malkovich (Con Air), John Cusack (High Fidelity), Cameron Diaz (The Holiday) and Catherine Keener (The 40 Year Old Virgin).

This is what it’s about:

An unemployed puppeteer (Cusack) takes a job as a filing clerk to support himself and his wife.

While working late one night, he finds a portal that leads directly into the mind of Hollywood actor John Malkovich. The portal (he soon discovers) allows anyone who dares to enter, the chance to experience life as the actor for 15 minute intervals before being spat back out on the New Jersey Turnpike.

I really enjoyed this film. It’s weird but it got my attention right from the beginning.

All of the cast are brilliant especially John Malkovich who obviously has a great sense of humour to send himself up the way he does in the movie.

I actually didn’t recognise Cameron Diaz at first. Her plain look and dark frizzy hair makes her look so different to how we’re used to seeing her.

As for John Cusack, I’m a big fan of his anyway so I knew he wouldn’t disappoint and he doesn’t.

Being John Malkovich is a strange and bizarre movie but it’s pretty entertaining. 👍

Seen it? What did you think? 🤔

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