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½ September 17, 2017
Sure, it's clever--but there's not much more than that to warrant a viewing. The third act drags, the acting feels off, the characters are one-dimensional, and the film looks like crap. You can argue that's all intentional--but why suffer just so a writer can feel smart?
September 15, 2017
This film was boring as hell with Nic Cage as weird as ever.
September 3, 2017
Cozy fun provocative story that you can drink Chai Tea while watching & nuzzle up with Meryl Streep & Nic Cage characters cuz Chris Cooper will keep ya on edge for sure but the neurotic Cage character although a frenetic mess, he has a certain warmth oozing from him
September 2, 2017
A somewhat difficult film to grasp when you add the non-fiction reality of Cage's role and his relatable performance.
August 31, 2017
Brilliant. Charlie Kaufman hilariously describes his own account of writer's block in a deep and emotional way. Well-acted by Nicholas Cage playing the lonely, desperate Charlie at the same time playing his confident two brother. The third act was brilliantly done, a smart move from writer Charlie Kaufman. I suggest this movie to everyone, especially screenwriters.
August 21, 2017
I didn't love all the stuff from Meryl Streep's storyline, but Nicolas Cage's storyline was great, excellent! Outstanding performance from Nicolas Cage, playing two roles! Lots of great cameos! Kind of funny at times. If the Meryl Streep storyline hadn't been interrupting Nicolas Cage's, I would have laughed at his more, because the brothers were hilarious! I can't really recommend this, because you'll keep getting interrupted when you're super interested!
½ August 19, 2017
It has one of the greatest screenplays of all time, and a delicate performance by Nicholas Cage, with a fantastic study of a writer's psyche.
August 13, 2017
Adaptation is the most personal film Charlie Kaufman has wrote. I would've never thought Nicholas could portray Kaufman's madness amazingly until now. It's hard to separate what is true and what is fiction in the film since it's based on Charlie's experience on adapting the book, so I had to do some research on it. I didn't enjoy the last act because it goes into a total predictable Hollywood thriller, but you can tell Charlie was mocking the films Hollywood executives love The movie even slowly starts to transform into a generic Hollywood film after we're introduced to Donald's screenplay. Adaptation is Kaufman's worst work, but it's still a masterpiece of a film.
August 6, 2017
Unparalleled chemistry between Cage and Cage as the twins in a film straight from the head of the king of originality, Charlie Kaufman.
August 5, 2017
The protagonist is a snivelling, hopelessly spineless, anxiety-ridden yeah, naturally I didn't like it.
July 7, 2017
Few directors in the industry today have the ability to convey cinematographically the scripts of Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze is one of them. "Adaptation" is a film that surprises by its narrative supported by good performances and a technique aligned to the script. Telling a story that is adapting as the book progresses, the script is confusing to the viewer at first glance, but reaches a great brilliance if the viewer of a second chance for the work, the script tells a story of an antisocial screenwriter Who is unable to see his qualities and practice social interactions because of this, his twin brother that the only thing he knows is to find these qualities in his brother and has a filter in his vision that inhibits him from proceeding unless it is in his brother's footsteps , A successful journalist who ends up discovering that she does not live life to the full, and a man full of random passions that makes the journalist question his sense of love, life and society, are four very interesting characters, different and at the same time Is completed in a drama where one is based on the other to tell his story. The man of various passions, John Laroche (Chris Cooper), he really discovers a passion and a sense in life, and this inspires journalist Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) to write a book about him, which in turn inspires The rhetorician Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) to write a screenplay for this book, which for his time inspires Donald (Nicolas Cage) to become a brother-inspired screenwriter. Each one lives his story, and each one has its problems, but from the moment a character disengages from the social bubble and discovers a passion generates an excess of discomfort and curiosity in the characters, the film deals in its principle on the lie, The band of Laroche revolves around an orchid, not because of its beauty, but rather to extract drugs from it, Kaufman makes a mess and proves that all the characters without exception are completely lost in their sense of life, and even Who finds it, is a lie, because the passion of Laroche, is a lie. Kaufmann still jokes about making a concept art film and not appealing to sex, guns and explosions, but ends up appealing to sex, guns and explosions, because he discovers that life is not as boring as he imagined, things happen, unexpected paths are Traces, people die, life changes, and include sex, weapons and explosions was part of life, carrying, was part of his script. Kaufman takes the film as Stephen King, a whole narrative and made bow, characters are fully developed, and when the element of supernatural appears, it really frightens, as it is not what we were expecting, in the scripts of Kaufman, when the madness arrives, She picks us up completely and leaves us bewildered, this is yummy and it happens this long several times. Technically the film is good, it has a soundtrack that mixes common pop sound, has a clear photograph, Spike Jonze is much more contained in this film, and does the basics without trying a lot, but does what it has to do, it is difficult to guide the Acts of the film or talk about the rhythm of it, because it gains pace and loses, wins and loses .... Nicolas Cage is fine and Meryl Streep also, nothing of great performances, although I think that Chris Cooper steals the scenes always that shows. "Adaptation" is Spike Jonze's second film, where he lets the rhetorician's work stand out over his direction - of course, he has adapted a wacky script with extraordinary competence - nor does the rhythm problems spoil the film at all, The film has a perfect message and can be taken a million interpretations of it, unfortunately many will misinterpret the third act, and take away the seriousness of the long classifying it as any crazy comedy, this is sad, it could be different, but it is a Great movie and deserves to be seen and reviewed.
June 17, 2017
Subverting the rules for creating a roadmap, is often the very path of affirmation of such rules. For in the end everything is just a process of adaptation.

The kaleidoscope of metalanguage presented in the film, are presented and used with mastery, either at the beginning of "Adaptation" which is linked to the term "Being John Malkovich", both directed by the distinguished Spike Jonze. Still on metalanguage, which is about an adaptation of a book to a cinematographic script, which is created simultaneously with the film itself, ie a film about itself, as a joyfully self-referential exercise of self-deconstruction. But it is also, more profoundly, a film about its own non-existence - a narrative that confronts both the impossibility and the desperate need to tell stories provokes our expectations of coherence, plausibility and fidelity to the reality lived.

There are variety of games presented in the film are dominated by the restlessness of knowing what is real what imaginary, what in fact thinks Charlie Kaufman, movie roter and what in fact thinks or thought Susan Orlean, when writing the book "The Orchid Thief "that inspired the film. What script rules are actually followed, ignored, and subverted? And that in the film are presented and worked through the figure of the writing twins Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) and scriptwriter Robert McKee (Brian Cox).

So well adapted to this story are the actors, who in addition to acting are guides who invite us and lead us to organize the fragmentary data of the film. If in the figure of the twins writers we have two sides of the same man, and that in "Adaptation" is referenced like the opposites of the same figure of a policeman and a bandit, where both are complementary. If the script uses these two men to present the diversity of the same man, we have in Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) the perfect adaptation of the divergences that fit in a single person, of how human and fragile and volatile and how the process Of adaptation of a person is not necessarily followed by completely philosophical or psychological questions, are in the measure, impulses of an immediate action. The character Susan surprises with her abrupt change in the end and unpredictability of her attitudes, though consistent, without script or construction failures.

The use of the pace in "Adaptation" is undoubtedly an important and necessary point to tell this story, Jonze with his experience in clips and series for MTV, was able to absorb the freshness of a stormy pace that assists in the complexity of moments lived by Charlie and Susan or in moments of lull and mockery of Donald's life as well as in the great final Match Point, a frenetic, accelerated jab of actions and images, but which unfortunately comes out too much, unnecessary, in trying to present solutions that lead to an outcome.

At first, Charlie's overly self-conscious and pseudo-intellectual crises are fun as we recognize the same tendencies in ourselves. So we also feel his yearning when he is so touched by a book that it looks like it could be the catalyst to kick him out of his narcissistic lifestyle. That is, until Kaufman reveals his great epiphany - that even after enlightenment, life is still cheap and dirty. What is not true or absolute lie, but turn into two hours of a film, where director and screenwriter apparently dialogues with each other and the public is the passive stance to accompany their discussions.
Super Reviewer
June 6, 2017
One of those dolls that open up and voila, there's another doll inside, and so on, and so on. Kaufman lacks a finish but boy, what a show until then! Exemplary performances in this curiosity that explores the idea of making yourself happy, dammit.
½ May 31, 2017
Adaptation is a great movie, is a great way of telling how Charlie Kaufman became himself, it always makes you think about what's real and what isn't real, and it has such a smart script
½ May 17, 2017
Interesting concept, poorly and self-indulgently executed.
May 10, 2017
I hated this when I first watched it. Over a decade later I gave it another chance. It's quite good and can't believe I disliked it so much
May 6, 2017
Levels and levels and levels of meta. And then some more levels.
March 29, 2017
Quite interesting but never astonishing.
The main character laughs at the idea of using the multiple personality disorder motive or the serial killer motive in a screenplay because it is overused. Well, the movie itself uses the motive of a writer having a hard time producing his work and in the end writing about his struggles instead. Isn't this idea also a bit overused?
March 27, 2017
I love the actors, however I thought the movie was painful to get through. I was left feeling mentally dazed and confused.
March 10, 2017
SO META. But that's not a complaint.
Also bring back Nick Cage.
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