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Adaptation is the kind of movie where, if I want to try to explain to people my favorite kind of movie, this is near the top as to my go-tos in that conversation.
Adaptation is a Charlie Kaufman movie, and if you don't like Charlie Kaufman by now, you probably aren't going to like this movie. Charlie Kaufman has a distinct style to his writing - that being weird. Not in a weird sense that nothing makes sense, but in a "who would have ever thought of writing this type of a movie?" sense. Charlie Kaufman is probably most famous for his writing of Being John Malkovich, but trust me, this is a few levels lower on the hierarchy of weirdness. Meaning it's not THAT weird.
It's not even really weird at all. I mean, the storytelling is done in a fascinating way, but not in any sort of confusing or creepy manner. No, it's moreso a fun, adventure-type film that has a lot of layers of complexity, adding together to be an entanglement of self-awareness and plot-driven character development.
I sound like I'm spouting a lot of hot air at this point, and I don't want to ruin anything in the movie for you. So if you haven't seen this movie, you need to stream it as soon as possible! It's a great film, and, like I said, one of my favorites.