Friday, March 4, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau: The Best Laid Plans

All you need is love in this brain teaser of a sci fi
thriller, which also takes on the big metaphysical question: What governs life on Earth? Fate? Or free will?

"AB," based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, wants us to believe homo sapiens led predetermined — planned — lives, then at the dawn of the 20th century, the "Chairman" switched to the free-will model.

We know how well that went: WWI, WWII, the presidency of George W. Bush. So back we skittered to preplanned existence.

Enter Matt Damon, a politician you can actually like, and Emily Blunt, a dancer and free spirit who's cool when he spills coffee all over her miniskirt. ( If that isn't love, what is?) Alas, love between this gal and guy is not stipulated in The Plan. Actually, it was, but no longer is. Hence their confusion. (And yours?)

The extent to which you enjoy this beautifully acted and executed far-fetched flick is directly proportional to your ability to suspend with disbelief. The Movie Slut is a master at believing anything she sees on the big screen. That's why she rates "AB" five out of five fedoras.
P.S. You'll have to see the movie to understand the rating system.

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