Actors: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich, Orson Bean
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Being John Malkovich|
| Craig is a talented puppeteer who discovers a portal into John Malkovich's brain. He and a co-worker, Maxine, decide to let people in his brain for a limited amount of time (at a cost). Soon there are complications when both Craig and his wife fall in love with Maxine. In desperation, Craig locks Lotte (his wife) into a cage with a traumatized monkey so he can take control of John Malkovich's body while Maxine is meeting John. Eventually, Craig learns to manipulate John's body and stays in John's body. He becomes a famous puppeteer and stays with Maxine. At the end, Lotte gets free and meets a group of old people who need Malkovich's body to stay alive.
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|Analysis of Being John Malkovich|
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- fantasy story on present day Earth
- falling in love with the unattainable
Character operated on/altered?
Kind of alteration:
- given another personality/identity
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can read emotions
- mind control
- emotionally unstable
- brunette (Brown)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
Secondary Main Character
- bald (man)
- average build (man)
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- 20th century (1970's to Present)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Comedy or somewhat funny movie?
- A lot of foul language
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