The Adjustment Bureau Thoughts
Philip K. Dick stories for the most part end up making great movies but also the films differ from the stories themselves only keeping the spirit, idea, and themes alive which are essentially what make Philip a fantastic author. Things weren’t looking too bright for the film to begin with, (there was a chance it could have turned out crap like Paycheck or Next), the original short story being weak, first time director, Matt Damon’s so so film slate as of late, and a delay of release. Fortunately none of these problems affected the film, the story story allowed great potential to be expanded on and the film is much better than its short story and the delay was actually a good thing because it allowed for a newer ending as the original filmed ending was terrible. Going in with so so expectations even though I was largely excited for it, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Adjustment Bureau isn’t the film it’s made out to be in trailers, it’s not a thriller which might disappoint viewers, even I was disappointed when I heard it wasn’t but it still doesn’t detract from the film. The film is a thematic romantic drama, that has it moments of suspense and the climax is quite fun. One of the reasons I enjoyed the film so much was, being a believer of pre-destiny, and I’m sort of in touch with my spiritual side, it explores some great themes that I understood, it’s not typical film bullshit that tries to feed itself to audiences, the movie makes a lot of sense to a point where it’s believable of course the film isn’t realistic, but the way it is presented is done in a realistic and believable manner. I don’t want to list all the themes it explores since that would just spoil the film itself but it’s a very good film open to discussion. George Nolfi does a good job of directing the film.
But none of that would work had it not been for the performances especially from the 2 leads, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt who have near perfect chemistry. You actually can see why these two characters love each other and why Damon’s character, David Norris is pursuing Blunt’s character Elise. They are well developed characters, well Norris is and our perception of Elise is the protagonist’s perception. We know enough to see why he would go to such lengths to attain her.
And I cannot forget the score and cineamtography. The film was beautiful and the ballet scenes were gorgeous and to add to the beautiful images was top notch composer Thomas Newman doing a good job with the soundtrack. Of course the film’s score was reminiscent of Thomas Newman’s old works, it still sounds fresh and original here and some of it sounds so authentic and charming, it adds to the beauty of the film. I can thank the score and cinematography as a huge part of why the film didn’t drag to me and why it flowed so well.
Of course the film does contain its flaws, it’s not perfect, it does many things right in my opinion, but it suffers from cheesy moments of dialogue, the acting can be off at times, and ignores all external moments and it has its moments of contradictions do detract from the film, but very little they do as you are invested in the two main characters and their story so it doesn’t bother me very much. For some who are very meticulous about their film details, they will be cringing at these moments but you sometimes have to let go and let things flow since no film can be perfect.
Even though it’s a simplistic story, its still a thrilling film, it explores various themes about love and the choices we make and pre-destiny which adds an intriguing essence to the film, it was a beautiful shot film that was very enjoyable and i don’t regret seeing it theaters, it’s a shame it didn’t have an audience since it is one of the top films of 2011. 3/5
Would I Recommend?
Absolutely, if you enjoy good movies, romances, movies that explore themes of choices, free will, pre-destiny, and are a fan of Matt Damon or Emily Blunt you should give this film a watch. Most likely you’ll enjoy it, if not I feel sorry for you. 3/5