Film Review – The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

“Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York the only woman he’s ever loved. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) – a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself – the men of The Adjustment Bureau – who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path…or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.” Written by Universal Pictures (Source –

I remember visiting the cinema in 2011 to go see this film. Something struck me about the way in which certain characters were dressed; they looked elegant in their suits. There was a certain charm about the main characters, from the way their hats gently rested on theirs heads to the way they’d walk. I have used this film as inspiration for our 5 – 7 minute film, Convictions. In our film, Mr. Coral will have a similar stlye in terms of dress sense, with a black pinstripe suit, matching bowler hat and a polished wooden cane. He also carries around a small golden pocketwatch – indicating that the protagonist’s time is nearly up if they do not obey his rules.

Below are a couple of photos from The Adjustment Bureau, depicting what inspired us to dress Mr. Coral in the way described above. The final photo is an image of what we imagine Ian to potentially look like.


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