This was my first movie on the return flight. I flew in the morning and landed the next morning, after twelve hours. Yep, I was confused too.
If I had to describe The Adjustment Bureau in one sentence, it would be: Fails as a science-fiction film but damnedly creative as a romantic comedy. Okay, so that was not technically a sentence, but my brain’s a bit fried at this moment.
It sounds a little harsh… and I know the reviews are splendid, but I think the problem here is the tone: the film can’t seem to decide if it wants to be a sci-fi film or a rom-com, so it ends up somewhere on the fence. That’s too bad, because I’m thinking the film would play out beautifully if they leaned a bit more towards the rom-com side. The romance between the two central characters is surprisingly believable, especially their first meeting – the love-at-first-sight approach seems to work here; much of the credit goes to the chemistry between the two lead actors.
On the sci-fi side… it seems to be trying to say something about controlling and shaping your own destiny, but the message is so deeply quagmired amidst the slow budding of romance and the frantic action (when it’s present) that it doesn’t get across much. And despite all the advertisements, I can’t see how The Adjustment Bureau is like ‘Jason Bourne meets Inception‘.
Rating on Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
Rating on IMDb: 7.1
Viewing history: Seen 1x. In-flight.