[SFRA-L] ADJUSTMENT BUREAU conclusion and upshot (possibly a spoiler)
ErlichRD at MUOhio.edu
Sun Mar 6 18:58:11 EST 2011
Concerning the conclusion of ADJUSTMENT BUREAU . . .
Stop reading now if knowing how a movie ends spoils it for you.
Although, trust me on this: it is not that big a surprise — and I'm
vague below (and not very clear if you haven't seen the film).
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU is a good movie, but I felt somewhat
disappointed by the ending, which is pretty conventional romantic
I don't trust myself here, though, since I'm probably one of the few
viewers concerned about "Adrian Troussant, Elise's Fiancé," and
explicitly identified like that since just about no one is going to
remember who the hell he is (my sister, for one, did not). From my
point of view, Adrian is The County Paris of Romeo and Juliet kind of
combined with the unnamed older brother in the parable of The
Prodigal Son: the good-boy, nice-guy "inconvenient third," in this
case stood up at his own wedding as if he were the nasty-guy in THE
If the plan for this section of the galaxy is to be remade to reward
the spunky spontaneity of maybe-Senator David Norris (Matt Damon) and
maybe great dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), why does it have to
screw over Adrian? Additionally, why should the plan for even just
Earth or the USA or even New York State get redone just so a cute
couple can get together? "Love conquers all" in the sense of love
overcoming even the gods, okay — but "Love conquers all" in the sense
of conquering everything? In the sense of one couple's love
justifying rearranging human history (or even the political history
of New York)?
That seems to me what the end of the film is saying, and I'll accept
it for romantic comedy. But this romantic comedy is embedded in a
fairly serious examination of fate and chance and free will, and I'm
not sure we should find the fit comfortable.
Of course, that may be the point, if this is a significantly better
movie than I think it is.
Professor Emeritus in English
Port Hueneme, CA
Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first
place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.
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