The-Adjustment-Bureau-poster-1The Adjustment Bureau is one of those films that I was aware of when it came out, meant to go and see in the cinema and never managed, bought on DVD but let it sit on the shelf until one Saturday evening when we were looking for something to watch and it just sort of popped into my head as something that might be cool. It’s based on a Philip K Dick story which doesn’t always translate into quality on the screen, but it looked worth giving a go.

The movie is described by our good friends at IMDB thusly:

The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

And that is more or less true; Matt Damon is a politician who should have done well but blew it all because of an old prank which gets picked up by the press and who is in the gents loo in the hotel where he is about to give a speech where he happens upon Emily Blunt who is hiding from the security detail at a wedding in the same hotel which she has crashed (and I’m not sure if we ever find out why or whether this is just one of those plot devices to explain why she is there).

Anyways, there is instant chemistry but he gets called away and her kooky influence has him throw away his planned speech and talk honestly about his campaign. And shortly after that point we see the “mysterious forces” (basically a bunch of blokes in hats) who are following some kind of plan which requires that our Matt and Emily don’t meet and fall in love and something is supposed to happen to prevent that but gets missed and the Adjustment Bureau (for it is they) have to put it all right.

And we basically get a chase movie slash love story which turns out to be really great fun. I think I might have been out off originally by the similarity between the chaps from the Bureau and the Observers from Fringe (though that’s probably just the hats) but there is a different dynamic here. I thought Matt and Emily had a real click and I found their romance convincing – he is a wholesome presence (and I mean that in a good way) and she is just lovely – I thought she was great in Looper and have come to admire her very much.

There is a fabulous cameo from Terrence Stamp showing just why he is the icon that he is. I guess the only flaw in the movie (assuming you accept the whole premise of course) is the ending which has a bit of a “with a single bound they were free” feel to it, but wasn’t too jarring.

I liked this a lot, though I’m still puzzled by the cover of the DVD which has Emily in a frock that she never wears in the film. Pretty though.

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