WYSHW: Colour Me Kubrick
I love John Malkovich. I love Stanley Kubrick. I know I’m not the only one who has a great admiration for one or both of these incredible people. At the same time, I’m not totally surprised that people haven’t even heard of the 2006 comedy Colour Me Kubrick, in which Malkovich plays a man who spent years posing as Stanley Kubrick without even knowing anything about him.
Inspired by a true story, Colour Me Kubrick follows a man named Alan Conway, a flamboyant socialite who under a thin guise as Stanley Kubrick, exchanges money, drinks, dinner, getaways and sex for an opportunity to be in his latest project. As insane as the premise sounds, it actually worked, like in real life. Did you click the link? Crazy, right?
Colour Me Kubrick showcases one of Malkovich’s…quirkier performances, such as in Red or the more notably underrated The Great Buck Howard. As a result we are given a sympathetic but enjoyable character who you’re not sure if you love or hate.
Like I said, most of the film relies in the story, because it is that unbelievable – and liberties were taken but that doesn’t make it any less of a story.
What can also be appreciated are the Kubrick film references throughout the film, namely from A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and Spartacus (as seen in the trailer).
Colour Me Kubrick may not be the most deep or profound films out there, but it’s certainly different and worth checking out, even if it’s for the name-dropping.
Next time on WYSHW, I defend an art-house film about the power of story-telling.