Aroview: Another virtuoso post-modern comedy from the team behind BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, with a miraculously adapted Nicolas Cage – in identical twin roles – giving the best performance(s) of his recent career.
Complicated without being confusing, it follows two successive storylines that play concurrently; a neurotic, dowdy screenwriter (Cage) struggles to write a film adaptation of a novel about “flowers”, while author Meryl Streep researches the original novel some years earlier in the Florida swamp-marshes with an eccentrically inspirational Chris Cooper. Cage’s easy-going twin brother (or alter-ego) provides an amusing running-gag at Hollywood’s expense as an opportunistic, hack writer with few ideas and fewer scruples.
Layer on top of that the possibility that we’re watching the final product as it may have been adapted, this is a film about striving to be original and successful on one’s own terms, which is pretty much what writer Charlie Kaufman (also the character’s name) manages to achieve, and without alienating those that don’t know the first thing about screenwriting.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) Charlie Kaufman I would like to win a trip to your brain. The world is a better place with you and your fruity stories in it. Nicholas, Meryl and Chris - you can stay too, your performances were too good to comment. MUST SEE ~Baby
5 stars (Exceptional) For a movie that is so insane in concept, it stays surprisingly grounded (For Kaufman) and is fantastic the whole way through. Arguably Nick Cages best performance, consistently funny and thought provoking. ~Sevenhead
3 stars (Good Enough) The screenplay is intelligent but it is a challenge to understand. However, even if you can't follow proceedings this is not something that will wreck the viewing experience as Chris Cooper & Meryl Streep are strong & Nicolas Cage is good in this one. ~Tubbs
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