Wonderful weirdness from Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, this only really falls down slightly in a third act that feels a bit rushed and haphazardly thrown together. The cast are all great, with Cusack, Diaz, and Keener on fine form, and Malkovich, of course, being a great sport throughout. Bizarre and brilliant.
comedy? i mean there's moments of absurdity / levity but at its core this is one unsettling bastard. a kind of existentially self-loathing, mundane body horror. thematic quibbles aside i dig a movie that buys wholeheartedly into a ridiculous premise and sticks with it to the very sober end (charlie sheen excepted) which this does with aplomb.
In all my years, the fact, by inexplicable reason(s) I have not seen this film till now has been my guilty secret. Kaufman directed by Jonze with a great assemblage of characters & actors alike. Such and oddball movie and absorbing on many levels. Secret no more. And for me now, one to revisit too.
To use a few very well worded reviews from imdb: "All in all, 'Being John Malkovich' is an incredible waste of a concept and talented actors - a film so unlikeable that it's practically offensive. To all those reviewers that bigged up this dog of a movie - you wasted an hour of my life - you ****!" "The truly disturbing fact is that this movie was rated #50 on the top 250 of IMDB. This lessens my faith in mankind."