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Director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (Cooper), NewYorker journalist Susan Orlean (Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage), and his twin brother, Donald (also Cage). As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean's best-selling book "The OrchidThief," he writes himself into his own movie. The various stories crash into one another exploding into a wildly imaginative film. ADAPTATION, the year's most talked about movie, is at once a hilarious drama and a moving comedy.
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The movie seems to be about pursuing your personal passion while not making yourself vulnerable to life's tragic disappointments--death, disease, and sorrow. I don't believe Charlie Kaufman is one of these people who believes that suffering makes us better and happier. But he does believe that we all pursue our passions in the context of a real world with real demands and consequences. Charlie's brother Donald dies; Susan's lover John dies, too. Both successful writers have passionate alter-egos that they need to confront and learn to control. Donald's memory and John Laroche's memory inspire Charlie and Susan to live their lives more eagerly--but the idea of following your dream and throwing caution to the winds--that's not what I got out of the movie.
Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman must be one of the great screen collaborations. I prefer Adaptation over Being John Malkovich. How Jonze and Kaufman ever had successful careers in the movie business gives all of us hope in the movie industry.
If you have the chance, watching the movie. Give it a shot. Ever moment is precious so don't let anything interrupt you.
The story is based on a novel named The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean(Meryl Streep), but main story of this movie centers around the writer of the movie itself Charlie Kaufman (Nicholas Cage), who is trying but failing to adapt the The Orchid Thief on the big screen. And that is all you need to know about the movie.
This is metafiction at its best core. Spike Lee delivers this movie on a self-aware level with a great by the writer himself that is hard to do in movie. The cast is fantastic in this movie with great preformances.