2 thoughts on “The Adjustment Bureau: True Love Conquers All, After All

  • March 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Marla – I had a completely different take on the film although after reading your review, I see that it can be interpreted the way you did.

    I picked up on the lines in the movie where the “angel” says that the Chairman took freewill away from humans at some point (I don’t remember when in history) because they were fast destroying themselves and the planet. Humans need to win back the right. I saw the Matt Damon character as having the courage to lose his life to rescue his dream. I felt that he probably would go on to be president out of choice, not because he would be driven to prove to his dead father that he could. He would act out of sufficiency, not insufficiency. Therefore, having reached maturity through this act, he earned the right to free will. I feel he will use it for the broader good (and possibly, she will also).

    Therefore, I did not see it as a “romantic love conquers all.” Thank you for these insightful reviews. Jan Boggia

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    • March 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Jan! Good to “see” you here! I appreciate your comments. One of the things I love about films is they are like Rorschach tests; everyone sees something different in them. I like your point of view ~ a future where they would not fall under the spell of complacency and instead could use the foundation of their relationship to continue being creative and bringing their gifts to the world sounds good to me. I think the film would have been stronger for me if that possibility would have been made more clear.
      Also, still very much a premise of the film was that you don’t have to know a person to know that they are your soul-mate. This is a myth of romantic love that is surprisingly so often still perpetuated in media. I think it gets reinforced in our psyches so that we think this is possible, that we can fall in love at first sight before getting to know someone and that this feeling is a reliable indicator that we are meant to be together. This seems to set us up for disappointment when our partners fall short of ideal.

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