There’s a good way and a bad way to see a movie; a loud bustling auditorium, doors opening and closing, crap audio, and one working projector, so reels have to be switched out every eleven minutes (or however long a film reel lasts, i can’t remember), definitely makes for a poor time. So when I tell you that I went to see an advanced screening of The Adjustment Bureau, keep in mind that my viewing was far from optimal…
Very loosely based on the short story Adjustment Team by acclaimed Sci Fi writer Philip K. Dick, The Adjustment Bureau explores the concept of destiny in an interesting way. It suggests that there’s a path for us in life that will lead us to our greatest potential, but we can deviate and make a new destiny for better or for worse.
The film uses a love story between a rising political star, played by Matt Damon, and a contemporary dancer, played by Emily Blunt, to carry the action as they work against the efforts of a mysterious organization. I should also point out that Mad Men fans will get a kick out of seeing John Slattery, in his usual attire, as a key member of this organization. Damon and Blunt work together well though, a natural on screen chemistry that doesn’t distract from the overall feel of the film. And while the pacing was destroyed by the constant cuts as the film reels had to be switched over, it wasn’t hard to get right back into story.
Filling the necessary criteria of a safe, marketable film by Hollywood standards, this is something to see if it’s raining, or your bored, or just int he mood to be entertained for an hour and a half. It doesn’t make you think too much; sure, there’s a certain level of intrigue and confusion, but it’s not too cerebral and alientating in the way of Inception. There’s also just enough sexuality to not bore people who were dragged into seeing it by their significant other.
You aren’t asked to deal with deep moral issues and it certainly doesn’t push the boundaries of the genre, but it wraps up well enough and doesn’t leave you with glaringly unanswered questions like LOST. I don’t know if it falls into the realm of films I’d like to see multiple times, but it’s definitely entertaining enough to see once. So, go check out The Adjustment Bureau. 3 out of 5 stars