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July 30, 2013

The Adjustment Bureau


So what is a “chick flick” anyway? According the Urban Dictionary it is “a film that indulges in the hopes and dreams of women and/or girls. A film that has a happy, fuzzy, ridiculously unrealistic ending”. But a guy flick, so I have heard, is a movie whereby there are lots of fighting, guns and… murders within the first five minutes of the show. Oh, and the more murders, the manlier the flick is… LOL. Of course this kind of rating is silly, a.k.a. tongue-in-cheek.

By all accounts The Adjustment Bureau, a 2011 film, starting Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and directed by George Nolfi is definitely a chick flick, and you know what? I loved it! And it seems a lot of folks, “men included” seem to think so because it currently has a 7.0 rating at IMDB.

The-Adjustment-Bureau4The film is based on a science fiction short story called Adjustment Team, written by none other than the world famous sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. It seems director Nolfi got started in this business as a screen writer. And although I have not read Dick’s original short story, the adaptation is superb. So much so that I would say that the story truly carries the film. I love the slow camera movements, the lighting, the tight angles and close ups, which makes it feel very personal. The soundtrack does not get in your face. It gently supports the film, as it should. From where I stand this film is truly well put together. Special effects are used sparingly. Thank goodness, for sometimes I get tired of pure CGI and nothing else, type movies.

The-Adjustment-Bureau3First and foremost this is a love story. Oh, but don’t fret, for I will not spoil it for you. Of all the Matt Damon films that I have watched, including the Jason Bourne trilogy, I liked his acting on this one the best. As Congressman David Norris, who is attempting to win the senate race for the state of New York, Damon seems more vulnerable and certainly, emotionally passionate but in a romantic kind of way. Emily Blunt, who plays the character Elise, a modern ballet dancer, is just perfect for the role. She teases and keeps David on his toes and certainly, interested.

But there are larger forces taking place, which are trying to keep them apart. And I wonder, isn’t that the case most of the time. I suppose the movie, which I have watched several times, struck a chord with me because at the time, I was involved in an exceedingly passionate romantic relationship, which I used to call “epic love”. Unfortunately for me, and unlike this film, my story didn’t end well; ouch! So much for real life. The last few lines of the script resonated with me, but regrettably, not with her. So here it goes:



—David, you risked everything for Elise.
—And Elise, when you came through that door at the XXXXX, you risked everything, too.
—But you inspired me. It seems like you inspired the XXXXX, too.
—Most people live life on the path we set for them, too afraid to explore any other.
—But once in a while, people like you come along who knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift you’ll never know how to use until you fight for it.
—I think that’s the XXXXX’s real plan that maybe one day we won’t write the plan.
—You will.

So that’s it. As you would have guessed by now, I recommend this film, wholeheartedly, and if you can watch it with your better half, so much the better. Enjoy!


Movie Trailer (2011)


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