Adam Project released on Netflix in March, and I watched it last Friday, but I needed a week for it all to set in my mind before reviewing it. But it is so much more than just a film.
Last Friday found me receiving unfortunate health news. Later that night, I searched for something to take my mind off my life, and think of things that are more important. Adam Project on Netflix, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, and Walker Scobell, an exciting new young A-Lister who's young Ryan Reynolds is so uncanny you might think he was Ryan's own son, will blow my socks off.
Directed by Shawn Levy, who joined the project after it's initial start, quickly became the obvious perfect choice for this genre of film, by telling a story, with incredible messages, and education, and compassion. Possibly, unlike any film I can think of, and I've seen most of the A-List films ever made.
Levy made what looks like an apparent choice in his direction of this futuristic, yet, present-day film by letting the cast reach deep into their hearts and souls to create memorable, strong, brave, and open-minded characters who grab you by the heartstrings and suck you into the exciting, and emotional story.
In this day of war, hate, racism, but also, love, learning, and acceptance, Adam Project uses the rich talents of everyone. However, it is Ryan Reynolds's incredible knack at playing everything perfect for the film he is in while solidly attracting you to his side, his warmth, his humor, and his time-sensitive humility that give the film an extra jolt of Oscar-worthiness.
Walker Scobell, the boy who play's Ryan's character as a young boy of around 10 years old, is certainly an acting genius. He nails Ryan Reynolds, even down to Ryan's head tilts, nuances, stubborness, incredibly fast talking, wiseguy quips, and Ryan's tenderness at just the right moments that pull you in like a vaccuum and leave your eyes pouring water like a water wheel on an old Mill.
Word in Hollywood is that Walker adores Ryan like a big brother. That certainly shines through in his impersonation and his incredibly exciting, brilliant, and stupendous scenes with Reynolds. These two talk so fast to each other, that even subtitles are hard to read in time. My health made it hard to keep up with a few of their scenes, and to be honest, I rewound several times to make sure I didn't miss a word.
The dialogue for this time-traveling based saga is far above and beyond possibly any film of its genre. Mark Ruffalo eventually catches up with them, and as Mark tends to do, he slows down their conversaton for us a little. Ruffalo gives another great acting performance for Director Shawn Levy, as the boy's father. Imagine being a parent and hanging with your 10-year old and your 42-year old son, at the same time, while they jabber away at each other around him, and try to explain that his time-travel experiment worked.
One of my favorite scenes was when Ryan explains to the boy that multiverses and reverse mirror universes are impossible. The week prior to seeing this, I wrote on FB the same belief in a physics group, and I explained why they are impossible both theoretically and physically.
Another famous and profound film's title is the simplest form of explaining it, but Reynolds's character breaks it down even more for the layperson. It is fascinating and exactly what I explained. No one in a group filled with differing opinions argued with me, at all. Look out for that scene, and see if you can pick up on what other physics reality and film title fits his explanation.
My other favorite scene was the roughest one in the film to handle emotionally. It takes place in a bar, between Jennifer Garner, and the older version of her current young son.. But that is all I'm going to tell you about the storyline.
Although, Zoe Saldana has a small role, she shines like the bright sun on a gorgeous blue sky morn' along the Atlantic Ocean. She shows off her amazing martial arts skills, her phenomenal passion as an actor, and her deep strength with a bold quality which might make you yell out, "HECK YEAH," in one scene.
Jennifer Garner offers a small, but very meaninful role, helping to tie the plot together.
A few noteworthy items that may be Oscar worthy, beside Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, and Best Film are the beautiful musical score, cinemotography, editing, and scripwritng.
I know, I know. How can a movie in this genre be considered by all accounts, by a snobby group of Academy voters? Personally, I've met many of them, and I didn't find them to be snobby at all. I may not agree with many of their decisions, but they are the experienced pros of Hollwyood and beyond.
Throw on your thinking caps, grab your box of tissues and be prepared to be stunned by a shockingly amazing film. I already watched it twice. Netflix gave me a free lifetime subscription. No really, I believe me.
I'm kidding, but a little Reynolds-style humor can't hurt any of us right now. This one will make you forget everything for a little while, at least. 92.4 million viewers in its first weekend on Netflix made it #3 on the streaming app and one of the most successful non-box-office openings ever. Help keep this film afloat so many more can see its splendor.
I dedicate this article to the people of Ukraine, and the warrors fighting for their lives, families, and their country. Viva Ukraine. Viva Adam Project. Brava.