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Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau - Movie Thoughts

Last night, we saw The Adjustment Bureau. It’s a pity nothing better is out for us to see, because we’ve been heavy into the movies this week (one of us will be seeing both Never Say Never and Red Riding Hood soon, so get excited). Now, we didn't spoil anything here, but we did make a comment about whether we liked the ending or not, so if you don't want to see that, be warned.

This movie was frustrating for us, because it had a love story we cared about, at least a little, and an interesting premise that the story sometimes took advantage of. There was tension, excitement, and running. The movie also explored the theme of free will versus fate, an often-debated and mused-over topic, in a fun way. It's also nice to see a movie that wasn't completely ruined by the trailer.

But there were some gaps in this movie’s logic, at least for us. Also, we weren’t nuts about the quick-fix ending. It wasn’t as disappointing as the ending to, say, Secret Window, but it was no Sixth Sense. The movie was entertaining and creepy enough to be a decent romp, but with the lackluster ending, it didn’t have enough to be a good movie.

The two leads and their cute personalities make the movie work. Who knew Matt Damon and Emily Blunt would have chemistry? The point of the movie is that true romantic love trumps everything (SHOCKER in our culture. Not), even plans from on-high. At least the love relationship is strong enough to make the audience believe that through the whole sci-fi show. The movie made us wish that this was a long, intellectual, romantic sci-fi book that could take the time and courage to have a thoughtful, satisfying ending and a more complex plot. We could have stayed in this world and premise longer with the likeable characters. This is one of the best movies in theatres right now, so you could do worse.

Movie Grade: B

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