Actually being John Malkovich wouldn’t be too bad if it weren’t for…
Making Mr Right.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for silly movies involving Malkovich and defective robot clones but only as long as they reach heights of completely enjoyable dumb. Thankfully, parts of Making Mr Right definitely qualify. Take the scene where the android’s ass ends up on his belly button: great but oh so short. Unfortunately the film just doesn’t live up to its idiotically great premise.
Too much time is spent with Ann Magnuson’s Frankie as she’s putting on make-up/talking shit/going to meetings/driving around when we were promised early on an android with awesome super powers. Needless to say that once Malkovich’s robotic man-child finally leaves the lab to face the real world none of the expected badass stuff actually happens. Instead we get to see him hang around a mall, buy a suit and screw some side character off camera.
It all builds up to a wedding, which frankly isn’t important to the plot in the slightest. Who’s getting married you ask? One of Frankie’s dumbass friends we only saw once very briefly of course! Lame. I mean, you have an android, John Malkovich doubles and THIS is what the entire film leads up to?
Well, there is a space shuttle at one point but stock footage doesn’t count.
Malkovich is great and seeing him with so much hair is a near religious experience. He plays dual parts effortlessly and takes the opportunity to practice for his part in Of Mice And Men. Again though, I’ve gotta say that his characters are shamefully misused, settling for rom-com watered-down clichés rather than Inspector Gadget-style manbot hi-jinx. It almost makes you miss Robin Williams movies!
That Making Mr Right is THIS forgotten of a movie is hardly surprising: the dire storyline is fatally uninspired. It takes way too long for anything to happen and when it finally does it’s just not what you wanted it to be. That said, there are a few genuinely fun and enjoyable moments so it’s not all bad. The film is definitely watchable and pretty harmless. Just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.
Not Mr Right but hey, Mr Malkovich makes it work.