Saw it last night. First movie I’ve paid for since November. Every now and then, that little WGA card hath its benefits. Free movies is one. I love Matt Damon. I love Emily Blunt. Yay!
I loved the movie right up until the very very end. And then it pooped out and fizzled and sort of scattered like leaves into the four winds.
The story’s about something that matters, love. And it’s about sacrifice… “What if you had a choice to be with the one you love, or take away from them the one thing that makes their life worth living…” That’s great in a movie! The character is on the rack. All that was wonderful.
The opening “Meet the Girl” scene is great. One of the best “falling in love in one scene” scenes I’ve ever seen. Well written and acted and all that movie making technical stuff. Mostly, this being a writing blog, well written. They get along so well and fit together so perfectly… I’d even seen the trailer and forgot that’s how they met… So that was excellent.
The problem came later. When it’s Matt In The Crusher vs. the Bad Guy.
The Bad Guy is a sort of God like unseen person who runs the Adjustment Bureau. Basically, God. How do you fight God? How do you get one over on him? It’s REALLY HARD… Just like writing a movie.
One of my little rules of thumb is that the Hero has to save himself. And Matt Damon doesn’t. He doesn’t even grab the guy who decides to help him and say, “I love this girl so much, you’ve got to help me.” The guy, how has a vested interest in the game, true, but basically some guy decides to help Matt out (at great risk to himself and his career, I might add) for no real reason. He just decides without having been convinced by Matt Damon.
Maybe the guy hated Jimmy Kimmel and decided to help Matt Damon… That is a possible reason.
But not one they show you.
So, the hero gets helped partway through by a guy who just sort of magically (right when the writer needed him to) decides to help Matt Damon win his battle.
I found it on a tad on the weak side.
And the weakness compounded at the very end when Matt is executing his kamikaze plan to WIN THE GAME… and gets trapped by the bad guys and is GOING TO LOSE and I was thinking, “Wow, I have no idea how they’re going to get him out of this frying pan. This is one hell of a Low Point for the Hero to fight back from… How on earth are they going to do it?!” And I was thinking, these guys are very highly paid, this one is about to blow me out the back of the theater…
And that’s when it fizzled.
Because the baddest Bad Guy (the one your hero faces last) just hands Matt Damon his victory. They just give it to him.
And the story is over.
And I felt gypped.
Matt Damon didn’t earn it.
He didn’t get it himself.
He didn’t defeat the Bad Guy toe to toe.
He won because he tried hard and they recognized his mighty effort and said, “Attaboy.”
I just didn’t buy it. I felt it sorta fizzled right there at the mega important last two minutes.
And it cost me $10.50.