Summary: This is probably the best film-of-the-book I have ever seen.
Most films-of-the-book - indeed most films, in my limited experience - are total crap. The action is ramped up at the expense of plot and characterisation, and a Hollywood shmaltzy ending is crowbarred in regardless of whether it makes sense. The Harry Potter films, for me, are proof that it doesn’t have to be like that.
It would be nice if Hollywood would note that a strong author with - presumably - an unprecedented degree of editorial control, and a screenwriter who totally gets
the book, can produce a very good film indeed.
I’ve read some pretty poor reviews of this film, and I can see why some people wouldn’t have enjoyed it - the Independent
sent some idiot who doesn’t even like Harry Potter
as far as I can see, and spent half the review moaning about the lack of sex. In the film, that is, although perhaps he was suffering personally too. But I think anyone who loves the book - and I do find it difficult to understand why anyone who wants to see the films wouldn’t
have read the books - would find little to complain about here.( cut for length and Spoilers )
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All in all, I liked the film a lot. I hardly ever go to the cinema because even the films I desperately want to see generally turn out to be disappointing. I am totally a book person, not a film person. But this one absolutely worked for me. I can’t think of a film-of-the-book that has ever been better than the book; I don’t think - for me at least - that’s even possible, but this one left me with one overall impression.Simply put, this film IS Jo’s book, on the screen.
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