Adaptation - DVD Release
The team who gave you 'Being John Malkovich' -Director Spike Jonze and Writer Charlie Kaufman - go one better with this enormously satisfying movie. If you missed it at the cinema it's well worth a rent or even a buy.
Jonze and Kaufman have defied the old saying that movies cannot convey complex challenging ideas. This movie 'brains up' to its audience and insists that you keep up with an elegant, elusive, multi-layered plot. The acting is uniformly excellent: Nicholas Cage (not my favourite actor) has never been better, the greatly underrated Chris Cooper is superb and Meryl Streep after her (for me) overblown excesses of 'The Hours' is back at her best.
But it is the screenplay that distinguishes the film and raises it to a very special level. It is clever, thoughtful, imaginative and Lord help us, subtly ironic. It mocks and challenges most of the shallow aspirations that run of the mill Hollywood fare too often settles for. For much of this film you don't quite know where you are going; and at the end you are thought-provokingly unsure quite where you've been. But speaking for myself, I sure-as-hell enjoyed the trip. See it.
Zettel - October 2004
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