The Adjustment Bureau

Title: The Adjustment Bureau
Year: 2011
Length: 106 minutes
Director: George Nolfi
Writer: George Nolfi, based on a story by Philip K. Dick
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Terence Stamp
Music: Thomas Newman
I saw it: in the theater, a couple days ago
Synopsis: men with magic hats try to keep a couple apart

My reaction
Concept:0/4 (Terrible) I had really hoped that this would be a science fiction movie, and that the trailers looked like magical nonsense because they didn’t want to spoil things.
Story:0/4 (Terrible) See, the thing with this kind of story is, it’s supposed to build to something. There’s supposed to be a twist, or a reveal, putting the rest of the movie into an interesting new light. Or at least explaining something a little. That is the whole point. If the writer(s) don’t have any more idea what’s going on that the audience? Then there’s no story. It’s not a bad story, or an unresolved story; it’s simply a giant gaping void.
Characters:1/4 (Bad) I’ll give them some credit for making the protagonist likable. I always complain about protagonists not being likable. But, sorry, this guy’s so likable it’s just ridiculous. I’m surprised he didn’t save a kitten at some point. As for the other characters… pretty much crap.
Dialog:1/4 (Bad)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good) A modern, big-budget movie with action scenes where it’s always possible to tell what’s going on? Automatic 3 points.
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:3/4 (Good) Not bad considering they had fuck all to work with.
Music:3/4 (Good) Managing to squeeze moments of pathos into a movie this badly written? Automatic 3 points.
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad, 1/4 (Bad)). While watching it, up until the last 20 minutes or so where it starts to really fall apart (the wife and I tried to pin down the exact moment where it falls apart – I’ve decided it’s the scene where a previously good character transforms into a magical negro), I was actually enjoying it somewhat. Solid 6/10 territory, with hopes of a good ending upping it to a 7. Yeah, no. And the more I think about it, the more it pisses me off.
Objective Rating (Average):1.8/4 (Eh)


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