This film gives you endless metaphors about so many subjects. People always want to live other people's lives. We want to be puppets more than to be puppeteers. Love can make us to turn into someone that we don't recognize ourselves. Power-hungry people can use others lives to make fame and earn money.
"look away. look away. look away." ''Being John Malkovich' is a story in which the protagonist gets physically and emotionally beaten up for an hour and a half and then is essentially sent to hell for eighty or ninety years. And it's complex enough to convey that horror through beautiful shots of an innocent little girl swimming.' (Adam Cadre)
In the first 25 minutes, this looks like a nonsense comedy-drama about a lonely, disappointed and awkward puppeteer and it sounds like an excellent idea. Then, it gets really weird and a bit confusing (as if Kaufman and Jonze were trying to do everything at the same time). Even so, it's still a very good movie that touches in important topics in a creative way.