04 March 2011
The Adjustment Bureau
Jesus. Do actors get any more charismatic than Matt Damon? I mean, the man has such an easygoing humor about him - you just can't help but be charmed! In The Adjustment Bureau, he plays a character who is essentially Matt Damon running for Senate, so right away you love him.
The movie is about fate and chance and The Chairman/God who has a Plan for all of humankind. It doesn't get too deep about that stuff though - it deals with it more in a slick way, as an excuse for awesome foot chases and cool hats. I felt at times like they were holding back from the story because they thought the audience would be too dumb to really go with it. And they're probably right. But you can't go wrong with a good Matt Damon film where he gets to be a heroic and charming.
For sure, the movie is more romance than sci-fi -- more about the whole "meant to be together" thing and if it's worth the risk. But it's still very cool. The whole design of the movie is cool, like the way that the Adjustment Bureau's Observer-types navigate the NYC streets. Oh yes, and Anthony Mackie is in it. And Anthony Mackie just plain rules.