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by Tony Lee editor of Pigasus Press

Being John Malkovich

directed by Spike Jonze
113 minutes (15)
aspect ratio 1.85:1

Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), an out-of-work puppeteer, takes a job at the Lester Corporation. Behind a filing cabinet he finds a portal which leads into the back of John Malkovich's head for fifteen minutes. Based on a first-time script by Charlie Kaufman, Being John Malkovich is easily one of the most original films to come from America in a long while and, for those who have tuned into its wavelength, it's very funny. Debutant director Spike Jonze previously made pop videos, but unlike other people making the jump to features, he restrains the visual flashiness, keeping the film's look low key to the point of being almost ugly. In the same way he deglamourises both his leads, especially Cameron Diaz, and takes quite a few risks in making Cusack's character so unsympathetic. Catherine Keener steals a lot of scenes as the woman Craig lusts after, but who falls for Diaz while she's inhabiting Malkovich's body. (It should also be noted that Malkovich is a tremendous sport, playing a not-always-flattering version of himself.) The influence of Terry Gilliam is clear in the early scenes (LesterCorp has very low ceilings, so everyone has to bend double) but the film soon goes its own way, with lots of ideas on identity and gender thrown about for those who want to look for them, and plenty of laughs for everyone else.

Gary Couzens

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