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The Adjustment Bureau
First off, let me say that this is the very first movie review I’ve done in quite some time, as I’ve been working on my novels and haven’t really had much reason to do one (seeing as Moviespot Magazine-who I used to write for-went under over two years ago now). However, I’m so inspired by this latest Philip K. Dick adaptation that I can’t help but write a few words!
Once I finish writing this review, I really must go look up this George Nolfi (writer/director), as I would LOVE to know what else he’s done...he’s quite the talent! The Adjustment Bureau is a complex idea (it can’t help but be that, coming from an imagination as big as PKD’s), yet simply told. David Norris (Matt Damon), a politician, falls in love with dancer, Elise Sellas (portrayed by Emily Blunt). However, he learns from a strange group of men with mysterious powers, The Adjustment Bureau, that fate has divided them. They can’t be with one another without destroying the very thing that each of them is destined to become. If David stays with Elise, he will lose his career in politics, the very thing he has dreamt about since childhood. And, on the contrary, if Elise follows David, she will never become the world-renowned dancer that she is meant to be. However, David refuses to accept this and fights against fate. I will not go into any more detail on the story, for I would hate to spoil it for you guys, and it’s too much of a treat to watch the tale unfold.
I expect this film will touch more than a few, as it deals with love on a level that most only dream of-destiny. And though the film is not overt with its undertones, it still may hit home with many on social and environmental aspects. For example: all the seismic activity we’ve had lately, specifically Japan. The way the story is written, I couldn’t help but leave the theater wondering about the supernatural and its relation to the many catastrophes of late (or not, depending upon your beliefs). I’m of the opinion that human beings are at the height of our decadence and foolishness, and therefore we’re being taught very harsh lessons about our behavior. Love is all that can help us move beyond an 8.9 earthquake, which has claimed thousands of lives...so far. LOVE. It is this very thing that, at the end of the film, character Harry Mitchell suggests is the key to human beings writing their own fate someday.
For me, this film was an all around joy, and I left the theater with the biggest smile on my face. However, as I was so fond of saying in my past movie reviews, this is NOT a film for morons who need things blowing up every few seconds to be entertained. Please, if you’re as dumb as a rock, skip this film, as you’ll be bored to tears. But if you enjoy good acting, fine cinematography, and absolutely WONDERFUL storytelling, then this film is for you! If you appreciate artistic simplicity, there’s no way you can go wrong with “The Adjustment Bureau.”
(C) Marque Terrynamahr Strickland/2011