Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The plot line of the film consists of a selection of characters. It is due to this that the film fits into a post-modern aspect.
It was written by Charlie Kaufman, directed by Spike Jonze and was released in. The film is post modernism due to the fact that the plot of the film is about the author writing the book, which is being turned into a film and the script for that film is also being wrote. It is based along the theme of the Ouroboros. The Ouroboros is an image of a snake or reptile eating its own tail and represents eternity.
For the first ¾ of the film, very little happens. The storyline follows Charlie, a self loathing script writer who is trying to write a script of the book 'The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean ' into a film.
Alongside his attempts, the film cuts back to the past of Susan on her adventures to write the article on John Laroche and the orchid. Facing writer's block and realizing that whilst writing he had included himself in the script, Charlie eventually accepts the help of his twin brother.
This is the turning point in the film where it changes. The film then takes on a traditional Hollywood blockbuster by having Charlie and his twin brother in a car chase, after discovering that Susan is having an affair with Laroche and also using drugs. The twins are then forced to hide from Laroche and Susan in the swamp. Events happen pretty quickly after this point as Laroche is then killed by an alligator, Charlie's twin is shot and Susan is arrested. The film ends with Charlie driving, knowing now how to finish his scrip and thinking of Gérard Depardieu to play his character.
Overall I rather enjoyed the film. Although the begging didn't have a lot of action, I still found I enjoyed watching it. I also found the way evens in the film occurred to be very intriguing, having never seen a film constructed in such a way.