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Adaptation (Superbit) (Bilingual)

Nicolas Cage , Meryl Streep , Spike Jonze    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
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Twisty brilliance from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, the team who created Being John Malkovich. Nicolas Cage returns to form with a funny, sad, and sneaky performance as Charlie Kaufman, a self-loathing screenwriter who has been hired to adapt Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. Frustrated and infatuated by Orlean's elegant but plotless book (which is largely a rumination on flowers), Kaufman begins to write a screenplay about himself trying to write a screenplay about The Orchid Thief, all the while hounded by his twin brother Donald (Cage again), who's cheerfully writing the kind of formulaic action movie that Kaufman finds repugnant. By its conclusion, Adaptation is the most artistically ambitious, most utterly cynical, and most uncategorizable movie ever to come out of Hollywood. Also starring Meryl Streep (as Susan Orlean), Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, and Brian Cox; superb performances throughout. --Bret Fetzer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very whitty, cleverly written movie April 19 2009
Format:DVD
I had no idea what to expect the first time I watched this movie, but it is now one of my favotite movies. Actually after seeing this, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Being John Malkovich I have to say that Charlie Kaufman is definitely my favorite movie writer, as he writes stuff that is more original than most stuff out there, but is also very well written, and uses clever humour kind of like American Beauty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! March 21 2009
Format:DVD
All I can say is WOW! You never know what is going to happen. Every minute you think one thing is going to happen and then it turns and goes in a completely different direction. It's funny, sad, shocking, suspensful, happy, everything. There is no one word to describe this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film of unparalleled genius June 10 2004
By W. Wade
Format:DVD
Adaptation is the most well-written movie I have ever seen. That statement is kind of ironic after having seen the movie because it is about writer's block and Charlie Kaufman, the screenwriter, writes the movie about how he can't think of anything to write a movie about. Go see, then talk to me, then maybe, just maybe, I'll let you put an apple on your head and have me shoot it off with compound hunting bow--which is a privelege the ordinary man can't often afford himself. Adaptation is the movie that all screenwriters probably wish they had the balls to write but thought it wouldn't get sold or wouldn't go anywhere. Charlie Kaufman did it, and it is a modern art masterpiece. Other greats by Kaufman- Being John Malkovich (the screenplay is better than the movie, which can be read on beingcharliekaufman.com), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A simple desire wrapped in complexity June 7 2004
Format:DVD
I have watched this movie many many times and I never get bored with it. It is truly one of the most original movies of the past ten years. Try to explain the plot to people and you will no doubt confuse them, but it all makes sense when watching the movie. Let me try to explain the plot:
Charlie Kaufmann (an actual person in real life) is portrayed in this movie by Nicholas Cage. Kaufmann is trying to adapt the book "the orchid thief" (which is an actual book in real life) into a movie. His twin brother Donald (who is not real, although he was credited with having helped write the screenplay) is writing a movie of his own called "the 3." Charlie and Donald have two different styles of writing. The first half of Adaptation is the kind of movie Charlie wants to make "The Orchid Thief" into, but when he can't write the screenplay he enlists the aid of his brother. From here until the end of Adaptation we get a taste of what Donalds movies are like.
A little complicated to talk about, but watch it and you'll get it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing great... June 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
While I wasn't abhorred by this movie, I also didn't find it worthy of my purchase. I don't know if it didn't capture my interests, or if it just wasn't a good movie. Sometimes the writing seems a little bit forced, and the movie moves so slow. One reviewer noted that it was a wanna-be intellectual movie, I kindof agree with that. It did seem to steal a few traits common in "intellectual" movies, and present them in a boring and even annoying light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Peebs Feb. 7 2005
Format:DVD
I quite simply loved this movie it is perfect and unique and every time i watch it i see more and more of its beauty
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood: Home of the Sad, Sick and Depressed June 5 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Nicolas Cage's performance (in a double role as twin brothers) can convince anyone that a life as an artist in Hollywood is one of loneliness and psychosis. Success as a writer comes at the cost of fear to fail. Meryl Streep (in yet another tailor-made role) adds her own flavor of "Silkwood-like" depression to the picture.
Cleverly intertwining story/plot keep you interested, especially the unexpected portions of (graphic) violence and terror. Sex, drugs and simultaneous refusal to accept responsibility for one's own actions eventually turn to repulsion. You lose empathy for the lead characters, who are hopelessly lost on a path of self-destruction. The innocense of beautiful orchids (the focal point of the story) is quickly put aside by the fast-paced story with its surprise shockers.
THIS won all of the Oscar Nomination? Great acting, yes. Excellent script, ok. Enertainment? No way! This was a one-time-view for me, and I recomment this film only to die hard fans of the actors, presuming they have a strong stomach for extreme violence. The stuff that nightmares are made of!**
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The two most wildly innovative screenplays I have seen filmed are "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation" - both written by Charlie Kaufman. Note that I am not saying "the two most satisfyingly entertaining" - much of my enjoyment of both of these films are due to the sheer audacity of the labyrinth-on-drugs plotlines. I won't attempt to give anything away or bother covering what this story *is* as there are hundreds of other reviews you can read for that. What I DO want to say is that I feel Mr. Kaufman's screenplay is a joke - at his expense - and that he's trying to let us in on it. When his character is finding it difficult to impossible to adapt Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief" he writes himself into the story, THEN writes in his fictional twin brother who attends a "screenplay-by-numbers" class taught by Brian Cox and writes a big bucks by-the-numbers screenplay.
An abrupt change occurs in the final act of the movie when (here's my interpretation) Charlie caves in and decides to resolve the movie in a "hollywood-big-action-suspense-thriller-by-the-numbers" way. I won't give away the details, but the real hero of "The Orchid Thief", the author of that book, the screenwriter and his fictional twin brother all collide in a weird swampy film noire ending that isn't funny "ha-ha", but funny in an "isn't it ridiculous when Hollywood makes films that have to conform to formulas?" kind of way.
You're welcome to your own interpretation, but I liked it. Don't expect to get deep into these characters, because by the end you hardly know "who's who" - but as I said up at the top: this is one of the two most original film's I know of.
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