Wow! Its a movie that doesnt insult your
intelligence, and then feels bad about not
insulting your intelligence, so it goes
ahead and insults it, but apologetically.
Probably the best movie ever made about
adapting a book into a movie and then
trying to kill the author of the book,
may also be the first
movie that was ever written by a famous
screenwriter and his fictional twin brother.
In short: Charlie Kaufman, writer of
Being John Malkovich
, must adapt
Susan Orleans The Orchid Thief
into a film. He wants to do this because
eschews all the basic
elements of drama, and then he realizes
that Orchid Thief
is "exactly the kind
of crap The New Yorker
print," and then he gets his fictional twin
brother to help him with the script.
Meanwhile, all the real people are
becoming more interesting, i.e. fictional,
and a screenwriting workshop by real-life
screenwriting workshop instructor Robert
McKee (played by real-life actor Brian
Cox) becomes the locus of all possible
worlds. Not a film for those who think that
Jesus died on a Friday, Adaptation
is nonetheless a film for those who think
that freezers lie on highways.