When looking at Spike Jonze’s film “Being John Malkovich” it is easy to see the ideas of self, control, and larger issues are presented. The screenplay was written by Charlie Kaufman ( who also wrote the screenplay for “Adaptation“).The movie stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, and of course John Malkovich as himself.
This film appealed for a lot of different reasons. One, for as off beat as Charlie Kaufman’s scripts are they are hilarious and deep at the same time. How would you feel if someone found a portal into your mind? Would you even want that to happen? Or would you as a person even enter that portal? This was the dilemma for an out-of-luck puppeteer named Craig Schwartz (Cusack), who from his wife’s suggestions gets a job at an unusual office as a file clerk. However, he encounters Maxine, a coworker, and falls in love with her. In spite of his uncontrollable obsession for her, Maxine rejects him. (more…)