Review Date: November 14, 1999
Director: Spike Jonze
Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Producers: S. Golin, V. Landay, S. Stern, M. Stipe
What was even cooler about this film was that I never knew what was going to happen next. In fact, its main plot force of a portal leading inside actor John Malkovich's head was just the springboard from which an even wilder ride through one's own conscious and subconscious feelings of identity, life, love and sexuality took form. Wonderfully written, succinctly directed by Jonze, who could not have picked a more appropriate script for his own paranormal sensibilities, and featuring an unrecognizable great performance by Cameron Diaz, another solid show from Catherine Keener, and Cusack showing us that he can play more than just a wise-cracking smart-ass. It also needs to be said that actor John Malkovich, besides being a good sport about the whole thing, plays himself and all the other characters extremely well, and does quite the job of convincing everyone that he is himself (?). Looking back, there were no specific scenes in this film which were particularly memorable, and the script may have gone a little over-the-top in certain respects (did they really have to be living with a monkey?), but one cannot blame the genius when running rampant and dropping a couple of their eccentricities by the wayside. All in all, an entertaining surreal ball of confusionary psychological fun for the strange one in all of us. Also, look for a couple of pretty cool cameos by some of Hollywood's hipsters. Definitely, NOT for everyone!