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Adaptation (film)

Adaptation (film 2002)

I watched the film Adaptation last night and I thought it was very interesting. Interesting is not the right word. Bizarre, unusual, heavy, weird…those words don’t even come close.

From Wikipedia (The source of all knowledge)
Adaptation. is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean’s non-fiction book The Orchid Thief through self-referential events. The film stars Nicolas Cage as Charlie and Donald Kaufman, Meryl Streep as Susan, with Chris Cooper, Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton, Ron Livingston and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of Charlie Kaufman’s difficult struggle to adapt The Orchid Thief into a film. In addition, Orlean romances with John Laroche while Charlie enlists the help of his twin brother Donald.

You don’t normally see a screenwriter make himself a main character. Add a fictional twin brother to the mix and now things are really getting heavy. Whoa, this is heavy. There’s that word again; “heavy”. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth’s gravitational pull? Whoops, wrong movie.

This was a unique way to adapt a book into film. Anyway, the film is worth a viewing.


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