AdrianBallam's Rating of Adaptation

Adrian's Review of Adaptation

4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
Adaptation

Adaptation(2002)

Two storylines seem to begin at different points of time. The first begins on the set of "Being John Malkovich" for which twins Charlie and Donald Kaufman (both played by Nicolas Cage, to whom I originally thought was schizophrenic and talking to himself) want to work their way up in the movie industry (Cage was not in the film "Being John Malkovich by the way). Charlie, the in-content twin, is assigned with a script related to a film called "The Orchid Thief" (has been made into a film by the way), but lacks the inspiration to complete it. The other story focuses on a novel writer (Meryl Streep), who becomes intensely fascinated by an orchid thief (Chris Cooper), who has serious personal problems (not to mention his addiction to larceny). Charlie then stumbles onto the novel writer's book and wants to meet her, in order to become inspired for his play. Takes a little while to get used to, but the film works, as the characters are deep, thoughtful, and compelling. Has a surprisingly violent and tragic ending that leaves all the characters permanently damaged. The performances by Cage, Streep, and Cooper are highly memorable. Not as good (or random) as "Being John Malkovich," but still very good nonetheless.