March 23, 2012

Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich, 1999. A puppeteer finds a portal into John Malkovich. Directed by Spike Jonze. Written by Charlie Kaufman. Starring John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz & John Malkovich.

Concept: 4/4 (Great)
Story: 4/4 (Great)
Characters: 3/4 (Good). Normally I would give them a 2/4, since they're not particularly plausible, but that's hardly a justified criticism with this movie.
Dialog: 3/4 (Good)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4). It's been quite a few years since the last time I saw it, and I'm surprised to find it's a lot darker and more serious than I remembered it. It's very funny, and absurd well beyond the point of silliness, but not a comedy. How does that work?
Objective Rating (Average): 3.4/4 (Very good)

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