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Being John Malkovich [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is a struggling street puppeteer. In order to make some money, Craig takes a job as a filing clerk. One day he accidentally discovers a door... a portal into the brain of John Malkoich (played by John Malkovich)! For 15 minutes, he experiences the ultimate head trip – HE is being John Malkovich! Then he’s dumped onto the New Jersey turnpike! With his beautiful office mate Maxine (Catherine Keener) and his pet-obsessed wife (Cameron Diaz), they hatch a plan to let others into John’s brain for just $200 a trip.
While too many films suffer the fate of creative bankruptcy, Being John Malkovich is a refreshing study in contrast, so bracingly original that you'll want to send director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman a thank-you note for restoring your faith in the enchantment of film. Even if it ultimately serves little purpose beyond the thrill of comedic invention, this demented romance is gloriously entertaining, spilling over with ideas that tickle the brain and even touch the heart. That's to be expected in a movie that dares to ponder the existential dilemma of a forlorn puppeteer (John Cusack) who discovers a metaphysical portal into the brain of actor John Malkovich.
The puppeteer takes a job working as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a Manhattan office building; this idea alone might serve as the comedic basis for an entire film, but Jonze and Kaufman are just getting started. Add a devious co-worker (Catherine Keener), Cusack's dowdy wife (a barely recognisable Cameron Diaz), and a business scheme to capitalise on the thrill of being John Malkovich, and you've got a movie that just gets crazier as it plays by its own outrageous rules. Malkovich himself is the film's pièce de résistance, playing on his own persona with obvious delight and--when he enters his own brain via the portal--appearing with multiple versions of himself in a tour-de-force use of digital trickery. Does it add up to much? Not really. But for 112 liberating minutes, Being John Malkovich is a wild place to visit. --Jeff Shannon -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: DVD.
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Perhaps it helps to admire both Johns Malkovich and Cusack, but I don't think it's essential. A fundamental requirement however, is an appreciation for originality, sound performances, and the ability to entirely divorce yourself from reality for a couple of hours. If you can meet any of this criterea you may just let this film into your heart. And it does have heart (albeit a twisted one), the blackest of humour, and a deep irony to it that will haunt you for days.
Maybe where this differs from other 'unique' films is that everything makes sense in the universe that's been created for you. The ending, whilst obviously not typical Hollywood fare, is deeply satisfying because of this. Despite its highly original premise, this is traditional story telling of the highest calibre. Why shouldn't there be a half floor in a building where employees over 3' have to walk stooped over? In a working environment like this, it becomes reasonable to suggest that there is a cupboard in the office which is actually a portal to another (famous) mind. Incidently, the exploitation of which can come to no good.
This film is a real gem - but I can't explain it in any way that would do it justice. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when its makers were trying to do just that, in order to get it made.
There is no main character, no one to actually root for.
And the film is nothing as it looks in any advertising of it. The pictures you see with all the John malkovich faces, well this happens in one scene for about 2 seconds. The rest of the film is just dark and dull and certainly not funny.
The film itself is brilliant, there's no doubt about it. Original, funny, thought-provoking. The direction from Spike Jonze is flawless, as is Charlie Kaufman's script.
It's all been said before and there's not much point in repeating it, so I'll just say: it's a must-see.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the Blu-Ray.
As is often the case with Universal's catalogue titles, quite a lot of Edge Enhancement has been applied to the film.
Because of this, there are noticeable (and distracting) halos around objects, which give the film a slightly digital and artificial look.
It also appears that DNR was used where it was not necessarily needed but it's not as obvious the EE.
Other than that, the transfer looks reasonably good, especially considering the film's murky colour palette.
On a more positive note, the DTS-HD MA soundtrack is solid and immersing.
While this release looks better than its DVD counterpart, it could have been more than just that without the unnecessary tinkering with the original film print.
Available audio tracks: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French, Italian, German, Spanish DTS 5.1
Available subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Cantonese, Dutch, Greek, Icelandic, Korean, Portuguese, Traditional Mandarin
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