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This is one such project that has kept my mouth watering, mind racing, ever since the concept of a marriage between Jonze and his knack for quirkiness and whimsy and Sendak's vividly, beautifully, earnest book about maturation, restraint and interpersonal responsibility slipped its way into my vision; and has topped two separate most anticipated lists of mine since production began. (I don't have those lists published online, but will now make it a feature in the future.)(I referenced this film in my last post as the project I'm most looking forward to that's penned by author Dave Eggers.) It's a match made in Heaven. Because although I adore "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," which was directed by Michel Gondry, I'm a sucker for Jonze's collaborations with Charlie Kaufman, partly because those scripts are just downright wondrous in their intricacies, but largely because of Jonze's magnificent way of constructing them. "Being John Malkovich" is a masterwork of absurd relationships and people, and as a meditation on being and consciousness, but is unforgettable in its sincerity, its conclusiveness about love as an end-all, be-all. And "Adaptation" is such a tender film with dozens of quotable lines that resonate largely because the humanity that Jonze is able to extract through some peculiar devices like pacing and scale are virtually unnoticeable at first, but indelible upon review.
It's like those experience you have as a child where someone has said something to you, or you have witnessed something that would otherwise be the minutiae of the day, but they become motifs in life, recurring with a little more depth and profundity each time. That's the beauty of childhood, and I hope Jonze has been able to instill that kind of approach in this film.
The trailer for the film will debut in front of "Monsters vs. Aliens" on March 27th.
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