Fedoras are Cool Again
The Adjustment Bureau is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story “Adjustment Team”. In The Adjustment Bureau Matt Damon plays New York Congressman David Norris. Immediately after losing his states senate election he meets a woman (Emily Blunt) who inspires him to give one of the best and most honest speeches he has ever given. He is in awe of her, but is never fated to meet her again. That is until the adjuster responsible for stalling Norris falls asleep on the job and fails to prevent him from boarding the correct bus to work. This one event begins a sequence that could be the end of David Norris’ political career.
- The concept is very good. The idea that there is a secret group of men that control the lives of everyone is a good concept for a film.
- Matt Damon and Emily Blunt play off of each other really well. They make their two chance meetings in the bathroom and on the bus seem believable and genuine.
- While the end action sequence is well put together, the ending itself is total crap. I was expecting the threats against Norris to come to fruition. Instead, we got the typical old run-of-the-mill ending. Even if the original short story ended that way(I’m not sure if it did), take a risk! Surprise some of Dick’s fans!
- While the concept of The Adjustment Bureau is good, the way it is explained ruined it a bit for me. I would have rather it remained mostly mysterious than have the explanation be instead of their wings angels get fedoras.
The Adjustment Bureau is an entertaining movie. It’s not a great movie, but it’s entertaining. The ending will leave you feeling unsatisfied, but it’s worth a watch.