Saturday, August 27, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
It may be my own short-sightedness, but I don't see why Emily Blunt has been snagging some lead roles lately. I liked her fine as Ruthie "Pignosed" Draper in Dan in Real Life (2007), and I am aware that she can act, but she seems to lack a certain sense of weight in scenes that demand them. Otherwise, Matt Damon and a cast of well-dressed men walk, walk quickly, and run at the a relatively slow pace (except when running through the rain) and this serves as a type of action.
The lack of depth in the philosophical implications of the story aside, I think this is a fine film. It looks okay – I would have preferred a grittier look for a modern day setting, or an overripe color-flushed version if it had been more retro – and stays on point as much as it can. Damon's character doesn't seem to have enough of a sense of self to fit in with his projected destiny, but that doesn't make it unrealistic or unlikeable.
A fine rental, I would give The Adjustment Bureau (2011) a strong B-, almost a B. It was fun watching John Slattery and Terence Stamp strut about in the Bureau's outfits, delivering restrained (but not cryptic enough) readings. I just would have preferred a few changes to keep me more engrossed in the story, and to make me really care about the characters.