March 12, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

A thoughtful, rental-worthy thriller, slightly elevated by the palpable chemistry of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. It's an existential look at chance vs. fate, destiny vs. free will, kind of like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, minus the whimsy, then add a Twilight Zone vibe. Maybe it's all the trilby hats which give it that classic 1950s New York/Mad Men feel.
Adam and I were left with a mild case of paranoia. As we walked and talked afterwards, every fleeting coincidence felt like a hidden scheme. Who was that man wearing the same coat as me? Why did the bartender choose the alias "Bridget"? Why were we both thinking the name "Brian" at the same moment? Which way do we turn the doorknob? How many pints fit into that glass boot anyway? We may never know. My Grade: B-plus. (Somerville Theatre)