Dean's Review of The Adjustment Bureau
The Adjustment Bureau(2011)
There are few films that I actually go to the theater to see anymore and this was one. Based upon Phillip K. Dick's "The Adjustment Team" this adaptation was visually stunning, thrilling and thought provoking.
Here we see existentialism brought to life in the myriad of choices we must make (or do we) every day.
The lives of two people, the loves of two people hang in the balance and one must choose between different fates,
Yes, a paradox. If it is fate how can one choose?
This is the core, the essence of this film. Do we have free will? Can we choose? Does love conquer all?
This film follows the 'life paths' of David Norris and Elise Sellas.
The chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt was palpable. I can honestly say I have not felt that kind of connection between two actors since, well, I really cannot remember. You will be rooting for these two all the way through the film.
The cinematography was fantastic as we are a blur through Manhattan's various districts and beyond.
While I give this film high honors I will say that it misses the mark in some areas. It truly could have pushed the envelope a little further and become something utterly fantastic, but it played it a little too safe and for that it only earned four stars, Where it sought to stimulate the intellect they held back and that disappointed because there was so much more in that capacity that could have been explored. Leave it to the viewer on that one I guess.
If you are looking for a romance, you found it. If you are looking for action, you found it. If you are looking for some flash, you found it. Intellectually stimulating...that too.
Definitely go and see this when you can. You will not be disappointed.