Watching The Adjustment Bureau again the other day. It’s not as if I loved the film, but I was having a lazy Sunday afternoon. It came up on TV and the remote was just too far away for me to try to change the channel.
Strangely, I think I enjoyed the film a bit more watching it on the small screen rather than when I saw it in the cinema. But that’s not really what I’m going to be getting at here.
I just began thinking. Thinking that maybe it might not be such a bad thing if we actually had an Adjustment Bureau in our lives. Knowing that some of the decisions we take in our lives are not just whims but have a real purpose further down the line. That there is a plan.
I understand that a lot of people out there believe in destiny, that our lives are planned out. At one point I did believe that, and sort of still do. But I also prescribe to the notion that you take control of your life. You don’t just coast along letting things happen. But you make the decisions that get you to where you want to be.
Which was another point that The Adjustment Bureau was driving home. No matter how much things are plotted out, you can still do something to change things.
Having an Adjustment Bureau would alleviate some of the pressure those important decisions feel like they impose on us. Though I guess we wouldn’t really know they existed! Maybe if I could be that one person who did know. That’d be perfect.
This is a bit of a weird ramble. And I know The Adjustment Bureau isn’t really a very think-y sort of film to be taken all that seriously. But I just started thinking that it would be reassuring if you knew that every decision you make in life, whether for good or bad, has some sort of reasoning behind it.