Emily Blunt has been hit or miss with people these past couple years. I liked her in THE YOUNG VICTORIA as well as in WOLFMAN (which I didn't think was nearly as bad as everyone else). I loved her character here; from her cynical dialogue to her amazing prowess on the dance stage. I'm not sure how much work she put into training for the role but it was brilliant to behold. For a story that revolves around two people who are destined to be together, these two made me feel it. The last time I really felt that connection was with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in SERENDIPITY (arguably one of the best films of that genre in my opinion).
Aside from the story's love angle, there was the Adjustment Bureau itself and that's where I felt the film fell short. I'm not saying it's a bad idea and I don't want to all out accuse anyone of anything here but I get the impression that maybe J.J. Abrams is watching this somewhere wondering if his royalty check is in the mail. If you're a J.J. fan like me, there's no way in hell you haven't watched FRINGE. And if you have watched FRINGE, there's no way in hell you haven't made the connection between the Bureau agents and the Observers. Both are decked out in suits and hats, both manipulate the people and events around them, both are supernatural in nature. I mean seriously, this was like a FRINGE cross-over movie with a small twist here and there. I'm not sure how I feel about it to be honest, but these days when every idea is milked to the bone and originality seems to be a myth, I'm just a little disappointed that they'd play this one so close to the wire when it comes down to similarities. If you haven't seen FRINGE that's one thing, but if you have, you know what I'm saying.
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU is a clever mix of politics, fantasy and drama that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. The FRINGE angle aside, there are some things that work (the way they use doors is cool) and some things I felt they could do better (their hats...really?). This is a solid Damon vehicle to be sure, so if you're a Damon fan you'll love this and Blunt isn't too shabby either. Now if you're into this sort of premise and you have yet to watch FRINGE, well then, let me be the first to tell you that you've been missing out a damn good show that'll be right up your alley.
Deleted/Extended Scenes: There are seven minutes worth here and the real gem of the bunch is the Henderson/Richardson bit that features none other than Jin Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) for J.J. Abrams' hit series LOST. Coincidence? Hmmm.
Leaping Through New York: Here we get a short look at what makes New York City the fateful center of this film's universe. I've always loved New York.
Destined To Be: Damon and Blunt weigh in on the premise of the film and the chance encounter that brings them both together.
Becoming Elise: Here we go into what Blunt brought to the role both emotionally and physically. She beat out quite a few other actresses to land the role and worked her ass off to make it real.
Previews: There are also a handful of trailers.