Friday, April 8, 2011

Adam

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Adam - 3 out of 5

Adam is a sweet, heart-warming little film that follows a young man with Asperger syndrome who is forced to live alone after his father dies. Almost instantly after his world is thrown into disorder, he meets a young woman.

Released under Fox's indie production company, Fox Searchlight, the film ends up becoming a happy medium of independence and mainstream cliches. While the story itself centering around Adam, a man living with Asperger's, screams independent film, the story of his love affair with Beth (Rose Byrne) ends up going down a VERY familiar path. If Adam wasn't afflicted with his condition, the movie would have ended up your typical romantic comedy (albeit without the scenes of woman who've given up on love and decide to try on hats to the latest crummy pop song). But before the film becomes something that Katherine Heigl would fall over herself to star in, the movie takes a nice turn from your typical romantic story but, sadly, the horrible indie acoustic rock that sounds like it was taken directly from Zach Braff's iPod and has become such a meat and potatoes staple of the indie film has successfully saturated itself into the movie.

For the most part, the film is very charming and Hugh Dancy's portrayal of Adam is just fantastic however, after the credits ran, a part of me had a hang up on Beth, Rose Byrne's character. Her feelings for Adam are never clearly established and there's never really a moment where she has, what I like to call, the "Dream Weaver" moment. The Dream Weaver moment being when you realize you have fallen in love with someone and, for some reason, hear Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver." While the character of Adam is loveable, the film fails in really creating an opportunity to explain why Beth falls in love with him.

In the end, Adam is a sweet little film that was a perfect independent film, blended together with a terrible mainstream romantic comedy. What came out of that blender was a movie smoothie that tastes pretty good. While the film has some minor problems, it was, in the end, a charming little story about two people who find each other.

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