[SFRA-L] ADJUSTMENT BUREAU conclusion and upshot (possibly a spoiler)

Matthew Holtmeier mholtmeier at gmail.com
Mon Mar 7 07:50:02 EST 2011


I'm not sure about PKD adaptations in general, but *A Scanner Darkly* certainly
fits that description.

Mh

On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM, John Pierce <pierceqfpl at ewwpi.com> wrote:

> Haven't seen the movie yet, so....
>
> But there's another question that's been bugging me: why so many movies
> based on PKD stories that aren't actually LIKE PKD stories? PKD is a cult
> favorite, but hardly a crowd pleaser like, say, Stephanie Meyer and the
> other vampire-zombie scribes. Could basing movies very loosely on PKD
> stories be a marketing strategy aimed at reviewers and critics rather than
> average moviegoers?
>
> --J.J.
>
> On Mar 6, 2011, at 6:58 PM, Richard Erlich wrote:
>
> Concerning the conclusion of ADJUSTMENT BUREAU . . .
>
>
> <http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-adjustment-bureau>
>
>
> Stop reading now if knowing how a movie ends spoils it for you.
>
> <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1385826/>
>
> 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 comedy.
> 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 GRADUATE.
> 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.
>
> Rich
>
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