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Film Review - Being John Malkovich
Wow! Great idea. Damn! Lousy movie!
Being John Malkovich is one of those "sounds great on paper", but really turns out to be a "whose cat vomited this hair ball up?" type of film.
Somewhere this is a door. If you step through it, for a short while you are real life actor John Malkovich. You see the world through his eyes, you have all the sensations of being he. Then you are tossed out onto the New Jersey Turnpike. Sounds funny, eh? Well it gets real old real fast. So just to spice things up let's toss in a good old love triangle. Okay, but not enough. So just to be strange, the main character should also own a chimp.
Do you see what's wrong? This should have been a short, not a feature. All the extra crap tossed in is padding that doesn't work. Being John Malkovich doesn't fail because of poor concept, it fails because of poor film making.
Avoid, Avoid, Avoid. Did I say Avoid? Avoid!
Directed by Spike Jonze
Released in 1999
MPAA Rating: R
Reviewed by Mongo