Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Short Review: "The Adjustment Bureau" (2011)

For a good portion of its running-time - or rather just about all of it - George Nolfi's "The Adjustment Bureau" is a smooth, heady sci-fi swooner - stirring, romantic and surprisingly amusing. 
That is until the final moments which do no favors by eliminating the central discussion at the heart of this otherwise intriguing fate vs. free will love story, exceedingly well-played by the film's two strangers-in-a-bathroom, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. (Although if you're asking me, the film's best performance comes from Mr. John Slattery.)
I did quite like it, but I think the ending comes dangerously close to horrific. It reminded me of a certain William Castle trick for his gimmicky 1961 horror film, "Mr. Sardonicus"
Castle inserted a cut of himself addressing the audience, "polling" them on the outcome they would like to see. It seems that with "The Adjustment Bureau", Nolfi went with the ending that would send people home happy, not necessarily the one that would send them home thinking. [B]

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