31 January 2009

Suspension of Disbelief

Yesterday was a Friday. I supposed I was a little tired of the week so I called it early. Together with my friend, I left campus earlier than usual, then we did grocery shopping together, with an additional stop at the department store, since we needed stuff that aren't found in supermarkets usually.

Anyway, after that, we watched a movie that was released ten years ago. It is a movie with John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and John Malkovich, entitled Being John Malkovich.

I have to say that this is a movie that you would either love or hate. I happen to love it, which is bizarre, because I usually like things to make sense, but nothing in the movie makes sense. Or maybe, I am making sense of it due to the fact that I know that this is a movie, therefore I suspend all disbelief.

The main plot revolves around a puppeteer, who finds a job in a certain office building in the 7 and a half floor. Yes, that is 7 and 1/2. The ceilings are really low. There is a portal somewhere in the office building, which he discovers, which leads apparently to John Malkovich's head. One gets to experience being John Malkovich for fifteen minutes, until one is ejected out near the New Jersey Turnpike.

The plot is rather complicated, which involves gender-changing characters, and philosophical questions regarding the mind. It is comic, though, and watching it is really an exercise of how much one can suspend disbelief. I am amazed at how the writer was able to come up with this storyline. Very very original. I totally recommend this.

(Spiky Tree, from my Mount Vernon Series)


  1. I really wanted to see that movie... but till know I never had the opportunity to see it... hmm... maybe I look for a copy next time I am in Quiapo...

  2. Sidney,

    Too bad there ain't Netflix in Manila! If there was, then it's easy to get hold of a copy!