The Adjustment Bureau

So, I was left feeling neither here nor there after seeing The Adjustment Bureau.  I didn't love it but there were a lot of things I certainly liked about it.  It had the overall effect of a 1950s Cary Grant escapade.  In fact I was reminded specifically of North by Northwest on more than one occasion.

The chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt is dynamic and believable and the dialogue they share together is downright smashing.  The film was written and directed by George Nolfi.  His filmography is short (this is the only film he has directed) however his writing credits include Ocean's Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum - both of which are rife with quick-firing dialogue.  The film boasts one of my favorite cinematographers, John Toll and its stars are supported by a solid supporting cast of Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Terence Stamp (total icon, listing his movies would take all day), and John Slattery (you might recognize him as Roger Sterling on AMC's "Mad Men").

Again, it doesn't knock it out of the park but it's fun and sweet.  Trailer here.   

3 Flicks 1 Post

I keep forgetting to post about the flicks on planes that I see...oh well - both forgettable...

1) Love & Other Drugs.  What the...totally not as advertised.  It's pretty sad and then really over the top.  Not a good combo when you think you're signing up for a mindless chick flick.  Pass.

2) Due Date.  Expectations?  High.  Reality.  Meh.  Pass.

3) This one I saw at home...Never Let Me Go.  Wow.  Super duper duper sad with a sprinking of depressing on top.  It is based on Kazuo Ishiguro's book and directed by the awesome Mark Romanek.   It's gorgeous to look at but you should really know what you're about to watch before you view it.  I saw it right before bedtime and well, it was a restless night of sleep. Trailer here