The same year that premiered the famous film Matrix, also left a small and rare film from the name: how being John Malkovich. Although the relationship between the two is not very clear, it happened that I went to see both films one after the other. Both deal with the philosophical concept of representation. Or in simple words, about the possibility that our reality is not anything other than a scenario. The problem of how to be John Malkovich are its difficult to grasp in translation subtleties.
In the first minutes of the film, John Cusack is awakened by one of the mascots of Cameron Diaz. The name of the Parrot, is the same of the of an American preacher who has a position of Senator. The surrealism starts there, from the first minutes. However many viewers don’t notice these tracks and are surprised to the rather delirious from the rest of the film plot: that there is a portal into the mind of John Malkovich. But once overcome the deadlock and accepted that we are facing a surreal film, the journey becomes exquisite. The choice of John Malkovich is not free, since critics had declared before the film that had the actor possessed a capacity for channeling their characters.
The premise of the film is not that Malkovich could channel characters, if not that these characters literally possess it. John Cusack’s role in turn alienates will, unable to recognize that he is already married to a beauty as Cameron Diaz and is released after a colleague who knows at work. The casting is part of the story: director Spike Jones also alienates us viewers, showing us a little sexy Cameron Diaz. Interesting enough, however, to draw the attention of the character played by Catherine Keener, creating the love triangle. The issue of representation is also subtle. While in the Matrix, Neo is an almighty, chosen on how being John Malkovich, the protagonist is just a puppeteer who have difficulty to pay the Bills. The puppeteer, however, is chosen when handling Malkovich at will. Thus achieves that secret dream that we have as spectators: put ourselves in the shoes of a superstar. Again the game of representations: actor Malkovich now represents John Cusack. And again the talent of director that at times we forget that we are seeing the great John Malkovich and believe that we are seeing a rather affable John Cusack. Being John Malkovich is an interesting film full of references and levels of reality, that will be the delight of postmodern viewers. It is not, nor is intended to be an experimental film, as he wanted to be seen, if not a reflection of existential doubt that creates television: do really feel these beings that inhabit the screen? The question, of inherently absurd, has however an affirmative answer according to films like Matrix and how being John Malkovich.