Adaptation, a movie review

A movie review: By Lee Sonogan

(2002) 1h54min/Drama,Comedy


IMDB describes this movie as a lovelorn screenwriter who becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt ‘The Orchid Thief’ by Susan Orlean for the screen. Straight from the start, the main character is played by Nicolas Cage and is intense over many different ideas and writing concepts. Then it is revealed that Niclous Cage plays two brothers in the movie. (Charlie and Donald Kaufman) Life is a big theme in this movie used by metaphors involving plants and extra vegetation.

The main actors in this movie are Nicolaus Cage, Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and more. Nicolas Cage has said that during the filming of this movie, he ignored all of his acting instincts and played the part of Charlie Kaufman exactly as director Spike Jonze asked him to. He then received an Academy Award nomination for it. Meryl Streep said the screenplay for Adaptation was the best she has ever read. With a budget of 19$ million, this film managed to make 32.8 million at the box office.

Overall, in this movie, Nicolas Cage stresses writing a movie about flowers and it is great. This movie is as good as Cage’s other movie Lords of War and he did a very good job in this movie. The only thing I did not like about this movie is that some scenes did not help develop the story well and were dull. Plus the dialogue about flowers is a bit over the top, but very descriptive. Otherwise, I would still say it’s an original and interesting story. I recommend this movie to anyone who has an interest in writing ideas and concepts. And how those ideas can be twisted into a form of interesting comedy.


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