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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype, 27 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Adaptation [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Sometimes I feel obliged to write a review, so that others don't make the same mistake that I've just done, in buying "Adaptation". It's not that it's the worst movie ever, but it's certainly not worth the high rating on IMDB that prompted my purchase.

The film is about Nicolas Cage's struggle for inspiration as he tries to make a movie script out of a book penned by Meryl Streep, describing a rare orchid hunter whom she has been studying (Chris Carter).

My gripes with the film are as follows;

1) In making "Adaptation" about Cage's "writer's block", it stands to reason that not very much is going to happen, as the movie is ABOUT not very much happening.

2) A fairly large portion of the film is about Carter's search for an elusive orchid, yet as Meryl Streep's character herself comments after a while, "it's just a flower". Yeah, precisely; that's probably why I'm feeling bored watching this then!

3) More than one person in the film comments on how fascinating a personality Chris Carter's orchid-hunting character has, but if you the viewer weren't told this, you wouldn't pick up on it at all yourself.

4) A "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar for Carter and 3 other thinly deserved Oscar nominations for the film drew me into thinking this might be worth a watch. It wasn't.

5) It seems to be a fundamental law of the Universe that every Nicolas Cage film comes highly recommended by somebody, and then turns out to be poor. This movie somewhat continues that trend. I actually think that his performance is OK though, it's the film that's all too often dull.

6) Have you ever bought a movie which proudly boasts "you'll laugh, you'll cry" and then you've done neither? Yep; well this DVD cover has another such dismayingly misleading quote; describing it as "The funniest film of the year". Believe me this statement is such a massive con as to be libellous; not only is it not funny once, it's not even trying to be funny once, (is it)? Truly "Schindler's List" was more amusing.

In the interests of a balanced review, there are some good moments in this film and I'd still give it two and a half stars, but a few more disappointing indie flicks like this and I'll be performing an about turn and going back to watching dumb Hollywood blockbusters to get some entertainment.
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