2002. USA. Spike Jonze. 114 min.
Friday, October 9, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2002. USA. Directed by Spike Jonze. Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman, based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. With Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper. Sure to end up on many Ten Best of the Decade lists, Adaptation is, “simply” put, a film based on a book based on a magazine article about the frustrated attempts of a journalist (and her successor, a screenwriter) to create a drama out of the true story of an obsessive horticulturist who steals rare ghost orchids from the Everglades, and to fathom the profound implications this has for our own capacity to adapt, love, and create something beautiful and mysterious without selling out. Hopscotching back and forth in time and place, with disorienting detours of plot and quicksilver swings of mood, Adaptation intricately interweaves the lives of the orchid thief, the reporter, and the angst-ridden screenwriter at war with his primordial inner demons and his crass and fearless twin brother/doppelganger. Courtesy Sony Pictures Repertory. 114 min.