The Adjustment Bureau
Rating: Pretty Damn Good
First off, this is a chick flick, I have no problem giving this “spoiler” away because I think this is a chick flick that would make an excellent date movie. The difference between a date movie and a chick flick is simple. A guy gets dragged to a chick flick and can’t wait to get out of it. A date movie is still a chick flick, but it’s one that a guy can either stomach or actually enjoy. The Adjustment Bureau stands out in my mind as the most solid date movie since “The Notebook”. Most misconstrued “date movies” are just chick flicks that more women successfully drag their boyfriends to than others.
In this regard, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the movie if you go into it expecting a chick flick and getting something more. I think you’ll be somewhat disappointed if you go into it expecting a sci-fi thriller and get a chick flick.
What you may not like:
-Not much in the way of special effects
-A little cheesy with some of the concepts, like power-caps… that’s just lame, a lot of their “tools” look like sex toys, which is just unsettling, the ending was a bit cheesy
-It’s a bit of a matrix clone… minus all the cool stuff
-It takes a long time for it to tie everything together and finish
What you will love:
-Great Characterization: The woman in this movie makes you say “Man, why can’t I find someone like her?” She really stands out, both in personality and unconventional beauty which is pretty cosmic considering how many typical and predictable annoying hot chicks are speckled all over the world… yeah… I said it, you think it every day… you’re welcome that I said it for you and now you don’t have to seem rude. Inquire about making donations to me within. I mean seriously, just the fact that she wasn’t annoying and bitchy and trying way too hard to seem independent which, by the way… just makes you look like you’ve got daddy issues… had me totally cool with the chick flick aspect of the movie. When she does flip out, it’s actually justified and you feel for her, and STILL she’s strong. Strong because she isn’t afraid of her own vulnerability… I mean WOW. Granted, for that to happen in the real world is rare, but it’s so unfathomable in today’s culture that it never really happens in the movies… because writers can’t even IMAGINE it happening. It’s so FAR from the scope of what’s possible that even when they ask themselves “what’s the perfect woman like?” They can’t answer the freakin’ question. Her character was really awesome and she sells it, it feels real and it sucks you in, and when it’s over you want more. That’s more than just the writing, ya know what I mean? She made that part. My guess is any other actress would NOT have done it right, they all would have over played the “I am woman hear me roar” and made an ass out of themselves without even realizing it. Soooo badass. And to any genius woman who reads this and then takes their boyfriend to go see the movie and on the way home turns to him and asks “What did you think of her?” Realize now ladies. This is something most women don’t know: men ALWAYS know when they’re being tested, and a lot of times we “fail” your tests out of spite, because it’s a turn off to be tested in the first place. Not to mention every test you pull on us shows us more about you than you realize. Dumb ass tests lead to most breakups in my limited experiences of the world because men just stop caring after a while. Instead of “testing” your man, take out a pad and pen and teach yourself something by watching this character. Yes she’s fake, but even in the fake world she’s an anomaly, anomalies should be noted.
-Suspenseful, I didn’t see a single person in the theater not glued to the screen
-“The matrix” tones are pretty minimal, I wouldn’t have even made a note of it but I heard a couple people say “Oh kinda like the matrix” so I figured it’s worth bringing up, it’s minute.
-The cheesy parts aren’t SO cheesy you can’t stomach the film
-It ties up well at the end, not too many annoying questions after it’s over
Overall, it wasn’t perfect, but I was really impressed with the film. My one friend was a little disappointed, but again, if you go in expecting sci fi thriller, you’re going to get disappointed. It won me over in spite of the fact that I felt a little bamboozled since every commercial I saw made it seem like a sci-fi thriller as the main focus. But great characters and great writing prevailed and by the end, it not only felt like it wasn’t a waste of my money, it felt like time well spent. You take something away with you, that if you’re smart and pay attention, may actually improve your life. Who knows. Either way, it’s worth the cash to check out. Full price in theaters, $14.99 on DVD.
Let me know what you thought,