Being John Malkovich
Some people find a portal that leads into the mind of John Malkovich. They go in, live as John for a bit, then come out.
Reason for bleaklisting?
The migraine I had trying to understand this movie.
John Malkovich is enjoying a break from movies because he keeps getting sent really poor scripts. That doesn’t stop an ambitious screenwriter, Drago Winnebago, from sending numerous screenplays. Drago’s efforts are all rejected so he decides to board a plane and head over to John’s address to pitch movie ideas face to face. Approaching the house in the middle of a remote swamp, Drago bumps into an old crone who claims she has magical powers and is the guardian of Malkovich’s home. In order to see the movie star, the old crone demands that Drago bring her something cold, something like poo, something furrowed and some yew. Drago fails to even complete the first task despite trying ice, frozen peas and even the heart of Mary Poppins. When Drago eventually gives up, Malkovich appears at the window and gives the old crone the thumbs up.
Being John’s Narky Witch.
Four tasks. Four scripts. Four stars? Not for this shit.
Who should direct?
Who should star?
Harrison Ford, Estelle Getty and Orson Welles (as John Malkovich).
Mr B compares the stories
Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich is weird but wonderful as a selection of people enter the mind of John Malkovich and ultimately control him. Charlie clearly struggled with this one so instead revamped the original story with Malkovich living in the middle of a swamp (he doesn’t) and guarded by some witch (if John has security I doubt it’s an old crone). While I admire Orson Welles I do think even a legend such as him would struggle to play John Malkovich. Charlie would be better with the great man himself but from what I’ve seen of his career, John tends to pick movies that have at least an ounce of quality.
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