Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau- She said

Directed by George Nolfi
Written by George Nolfi
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, and John Slattery
Synopsis: A politician falls in love with a dancer, but fate has other plans for them.

Matt Damon just had his world turned upside down. He catches a glimpse of the world behind our doors of fedora toting men who control everyone's fate by their Nook-type books. These men are The Bureau. Damon wasn't suppose to see into this world. None of us are. Our paths are written, and if we ever veer off our path, The Bureau steps in with a missed bus, chance encounter, computer outage, or spilled coffee. However, this doesn't bode well with Damon because he has fallen in love with Emily Blunt and will stop at nothing to be with her. The Bureau has other plans.

Thus our conflict is presented. David Norris (Damon) is a young, up and coming senator from New York. He loses his senate race, but meets Elise (Blunt) who inspires him to make the best concession speech I've ever heard. This boosts his popularity, and he is set to run again in four years. For his fate to be set, he is never suppose to run into Elise again; however, as chance would have it, he does. Now, The Bureau has to take drastic measures to keep them apart. Damon and Blunt have fantastic chemistry. I found myself wanting them to be together through all their trials.

Through the love story, the movie actually brings an interesting intellectual debate of whether humans have free will or if everything is planned out for us. Damon doesn't accept that he isn't suppose to be with Blunt, so he tries to outwit and outplay the fedora brigade with the help of a somewhat rogue agent (how convenient). The fedoras try to reason with him; if he doesn't see her again, he'll eventually become the President and she will be a successful choreographer, and if he doesn't listen, then their dreams won't come true. Tough choice.

I wanted the movie to go deeper with the philosophical questions of free will versus fate. Are humans even capable of free will? Or were we given that opportunity in the past but our own hubris and greed caused turmoil for the human race? If we were made aware of the fact we didn't have free will, could we learn from our past mistakes and given that opportunity again? But the heart of the story ended up being if love between two people can conquer any obstacle. Not nearly as interesting or discussion worthy.

The problem isn't with any of the characters but the wannabe Matrix/Inception love story. The ideas were there and could have grown into something truly unique. However, everything just seems to fall short by the end as we watch Damon fight for his love, and we're left with the advice that anyone with a hat could be messing with our free will.

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