Friday, March 04, 2011
FILM REVIEW: The Adjustment Bureau
The film poses many philosophical questions: What are you willing to do for love? Is there only one path to happiness? Is our life predetermined or do we truly have free will? But the two most interesting questions it asks are: If the only way to get what you want is to sacrifice something or someone you believe you can't live without, would you still do it? and Have we always had free will?
This film is, however, a romance. It propels the idea that love is the only thing you should aspire to, and the only reason we exist. And that maybe, just maybe, the Fates can be wrong if they dare to suggest that professional success is far more important than true love. There have been many other romantic stories that have been told in unique ways (i.e. The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind) that suggest that no matter the foreseeable tragic outcome of a relationship, one must pursue it nonetheless, because the answer to the question: Is it better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? is Yes.
While I truly enjoyed the love story, I was surprised that it didn't have more sci-fi lore and action. Instead it was like a rom-com that mutated into a sci-fi thriller, as if someone at the studio said, "What if two people keep crossing paths and fate keeps them apart..." and then someone else added "...and Fate wears fedoras, works for God, and uses magic doorknobs to catch up to them." Regardless, it makes for a good conversation starter.