THE ADAM PROJECT
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, and Catherine Keener
Director: Shawn Levy
Following the success of Free Guy, director Shawn Levy and star Ryan Reynolds bring us another success with The Adam Project. It’s not quite as comedic as their previous effort though, as this one delves more into a surprisingly emotional family story. Still, newcomer Walker Scobell has some great comedic moments amongst an A-list cast who do a lot of the heavy lifting for him. However, the film isn’t flawless. Catherine Keener feels miscast and it has notes of family film cheesiness, but it still makes for a fun Netflix blockbuster. We’re two films into the Levy/Reynolds partnership and so far, so good.
The new dynamic duo of director Shawn Levy and actor Ryan Reynolds are back with The Adam Project, their brand new sci-fi adventure film. This flick harkens back to the cheesy-but-fun Amblin films of the 80s, mixing the emotional elements you would expect with Ryan Reynolds' razor sharp sarcasm. Furthermore, Walker Scobell was perfectly cast as a younger version of Reynolds’ character. This is just one of those movies that will make you want to call your family right after seeing it and tell them you love them!
The Adam Project is simply awesome; not because the action is thrilling, or because the stacked cast is all in with each role, or because the effects are surprisingly refreshing for today’s go-to sci-fi trope (time travel/multiverses). While all of those things are true, it’s because Walker Scobell (Young Adam) brings the heart of the entire film together. His chemistry with Ryan Reynolds (Big Adam) brings new life to the Ryan Reynolds-ness of it all (that makes sense, right?). The Adam Project is just a good ass time, and the sweetness of the relationships are what make it a good ass time.
I’m not exactly sure what I expected from The Adam Project. I guess something along the lines of an Amblin-style, coming-of-age adventure flick. While it does have some of that, it lacks a sense of wonder. I expected a little more use of sci-fi elements and technology, but it just wasn’t present enough for my taste. For better or worse, Ryan Reynolds brings his trademark charm, while Walker Scobell is annoyingly perfect at emulating it. Still, The Adam Project boasts some spectacular and heartfelt scenes that make it fun and worthwhile.