#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – While his latest movie Being John Malkovich (1999) is in production, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is hired by Valerie Thomas to adapt Susan Orlean’s non-fiction book “The Orchid Thief” for the screen. Thomas bought the movie rights before Orlean wrote the book, when it was only an article in The New Yorker. The book details the story of rare orchid hunter John Laroche, whose passion for orchids and horticulture made Orlean discover passion and beauty for the first time in her life. Charlie wants to be faithful to the book in his adaptation, but despite Laroche himself being an interesting character in his own right, Charlie is having difficulty finding enough material in Laroche to fill a movie, while equally not having enough to say cinematically about the beauty of orchids. At the same time, Charlie is going through other issues in his life. His insecurity as a person doesn’t allow him to act upon his feelings for Amelia Kavan, who is interested in him as a man. And Charlie’s twin brother, pretentious Donald, has moved into his house with a goal of also becoming a screenwriter. Despite not admiring Donald as a screenwriter, Charlie asks for his advice. Together, they feel that there is some interesting subtext in the book on which Orlean herself can only elaborate, if only Charlie has the nerve to talk to her. If she can’t or won’t elaborate, they may have to find out the meaning of that subtext on their own.
Plot: A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book ‘The Orchid Thief’.
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actors & director create startling and original film
“Adaptation” is an off-the-wall film with a startling second half. Overall, the film is darkly comic, but viewers get an unexpected dose of movie action and violence before everything is said and done.
It’s fair to say that there is a fair amount of violence in the film, and even when you know it’s coming, you’re still caught off guard. Spike Jonze is merciless in this regard. Some of the scenes are incredibly graphic, in fact.
There is a certain adolescent male tone to the film (the violence + sexual fantasy + masturbation). This is partially due to characterization and partially due to the director’s own aesthetic and perspective. It’s not a bad thing, necessarily, either. It just feels as if an unassuming (white male) kid who grew up thinking a lot about girls and watching movies where stuff blowed up made this film… See it and you’ll know what I’m saying.
The script is crazy. Absolutely zany. Akin to “Being John Malkovich” really. Fortunately, this well gives opportunity for Nic Cage, Meryl Streep, and Chris Cooper to really be free with their art.
Cage has a difficult role, portraying two very different identical twin brothers. Cage is at the emotional core of the film. If his performance doesn’t resonate, the film doesn’t work. I thought Cage was excellent. And that the script really gives him some wonderful, challenging material to work with. His first scene with Tilda Swinton (looking gorgeous!) is excellent.
Meryl Streep…well, what can be said. She’s fantastic. She exudes a tiredness and connectedness and hopelessness and sadness, evolving the character brilliantly over the course of the film.
Similarly, Chris Cooper brings a humanity to the role of the Orchad Thief, really grounding the narrative and making it all believable. Again, he’s given a brilliant opening scene and he works wonders with it. Throughout, he is believably arrogant, lonely, vulnerable, and just plain real. Cooper’s performance is as rich as any other I’ve seen this year; truly, truly sublime.
“Adaptation” is certainly not for everyone. If you’re looking for something starkly different and simmering with originality, give this film a try, though. Amidst some cloying self-referential clap-trap, there are actually some really freshing film moments.
I get it now.
The first time I saw “Adaptation” I expected something else and walked away severely disappointed. As some of you out there who Private Messaged me in regards to my initial review posted on IMDb might already be aware, I originally gave it a rating of 3.5/5 stars, back when I was frequently contributing to the site. I passed on without much thought, considering it a disappointment and leaving my critique for those who cared to read it.
It remains the single comment to have generated the most feedback for me. More than “The Passion of the Christ,” and more than yes, even my upsetting review of 2003’s “Peter Pan” (which seemed to anger the small die-hard fanbase for the film that lurks on these message boards – by the way, I’ve had to clarify this sentence by adding “for the film” because someone PM’d me yesterday accusing me of implying I have a fanbase on IMDb…no, I am referring to the film’s fanbase, so please hold off on the accusations). I digress. In summary I gave “Adaptation” a negative rating and to my surprise, perhaps because I avoided totally slamming the film, the fans responded to me with kind words rather than harsh ones; conceivably they too had initially taken a dislike to the film? I made a daring move. I bought “Adaptation” on DVD for ten bucks, thinking, “I’ve got nothing to lose.” Plus, the front cover looked cool anyway.
I watched it again (after taking into mind several themes and self-referential layers I had failed to visualize before) and was blown away by the originality and genius of the movie.
My hugest complaint regarding “Adaptation,” originally, was its absurd ending — I felt it was out of place, silly, and totally anti-climactic. Little did I realize this was the point — to be a parody of the typical Hollywood blockbuster.
There are so many underlying jokes, gags and self-references that the film grows better — like “Back to the Future” — on each new viewing. You’re always finding new stuff.
I found new respect for Nicolas Cage as an actor after my second viewing of this. I have always liked Cage despite the criticism he receives for being a one-sided actor; here, he proves he’s capable of creating two very different human beings out of the same mold. Brilliant, Oscar-worthy stuff.
All in all I got it wrong the first time. “Adaptation” isn’t a film that starts out clever and descends into a messy and stupid finish. Well, actually, it is. But that’s the point. I didn’t get it before. Now I do.
If you disliked this film, my advice? Watch it again. It knows a bit more about itself than you probably do. And read up on the message boards here a bit to get a clearer grasp of what’s going on if you’re totally clueless.
P.S. I’d like to thank all the people on this site who messaged me in response to my review.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min), 1 hr 21 min (81 min) (TV) (Turkey)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Spike Jonze
Writer Susan Orlean (book), Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)
Actors Nicolas Cage, Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 64 wins & 100 nominations.
Production Company InterMedia Film Equities Ltd., Clinica Estetico
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,150 m (Switzerland)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 250D 5246, Vision 320T 5277, Vision Expression 500T 5284)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)