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From Book To Movie – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

 

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews

Description/Synopsis:

When her secret love letters to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet school existence turned upside down.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This movie gets 2 separate star ratings for me. 5 Star for sticking to the book, and 4 Star for how much I actually enjoyed it. Netflix did a really good job and portraying this beautiful book and I am so excited for them to continue on with the series. For anyone who is interested in continuing on with this review, know that there will be spoilers, as I will be comparing the book to the movie.

They of course did change a few things, some I liked and some that really made it drop the start for me. The beautiful cupcake scene where Lara Jean and Peter bake together was sadly taken from the movie. Also the introduction scene where he helps her after she had a car crash was missing. I can completely see why they left out these scenes, they don’t have a lot of time to work with, but they were important in my eyes in the book and I wanted to see them on screen. ‘

Other than those small things it was amazing. I think they selected the most perfect cast for the movie and they all fit to a T, even with Kitty ages up a few years they stayed true to her character. The actors did a pretty good job, but in the end the movie didn’t leave me with the overall adorableness of the book. I did feel just as bad for Josh in the movie as I did in the books, and I am so glad that they didn’t kiss in the movie. It made me like Josh more, and Margo and her didn’t have as much of a serious fight in the movie because of it.

I also loved the style and set design, the rooms they give these kids in movies! I would have loved a room like that as a kid. One thing that did blow my mind though was just the general size of everyone’s houses. I get that Lara Jean’s dad is a doctor and they would have a nice big house and nice things, but what on earth does everyone else do?! That house the party was at was massive. Is that what the size of the houses are in America in general, or is it a movie thing?

I think my favourite character would have to be Lara Jean’s dad, and he is was made some of my favourite scenes for me. I laughed so hard at his and Chris’ chat in the kitchen.

“I’m not denying you you’re right to put food on your table for your family or anything, I just think its a little odd that a man would want to be a gynaecologist. Like when you were college you thought ‘ah, I would really like to look at vaginas all day'”

“Gonna leave the kitchen now Christine.”

Just beautiful. I also really loved the condom talk, and all the touching moments Lara Jean and her dad had at the restaurant. One other thing I loved that they actually changed a little from the book was the fact that Kitty kept all the letters that Peter wrote Lara Jean, it sort of made up for the fact that she posted the letters out to begin with. I also appreciated that they solved their issues at the end of the movie rather than the start of the next one, and that little sneak peak of John at the end of the movie. He was geekier than I expected but it got me really excited for what was to come

And this is where I am going to leave you guys. If you loved the books, you will like the movie. If you haven’t done the books though but like cute little love stories with families full of sass you will probably enjoy the movie all by itself.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Top Ten Tuesday – Movie Adaptations

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To

Now I think quite a lot of these are going to be ones I have yet to read the books for.

1. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. ITS BEING MADE BY TIM BURTON. Its literally the best thing ever even though I have yet to read the book.

2. Mockingjay (Part 2) by Suzanne Collins. Its going to be so glorious. I am sad the movies are ending.

3. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I hear tell that this is happening. This gets me very excited.

4. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling. The trailer for this looks awesome.

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5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Its got Liam Neeson in it. Its going to be awesome.

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling). Haven’t done any of her books yet but I am totally down for this.

7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Actors are enough to get me.

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8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. This list has shown me I need to hurry up and read a lot of books, and this is one of them.

 

9. Looking For Alaska by John Green. An ok book. Will it make a good movie?

10. Fallen by Lauren Kate. As someone who didn’t mind most he books (seriously just skip the 3rd), I am interested in seeing what they do with this movie.

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From Book to Movie – True Crime

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Title: True Crime

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rating: 4 Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate’s innocence just hours before his execution?

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

In terms of a book to movie adaptations this movie did a very good job at following along with the story that was given to us in the book.Of course a few things change, but they didn’t bother me at all.

For example our main character Steve’s child is a little girl instead of a boy. Im not quite sure why they changed this, perhaps it was to make it more emotional when he kind of lets the child down. Thats just a guess though because the whole movie seemed to be made more emotional than in the book. For example I found our main character much more likeable than in the books. I don’t know if this is because I really like the actor who plays him Clint Eastwood, despite the fact that the character is portrayed as just as much as an dick in the movie as he was in the book. Another slight changed they made that I didn’t mind was they made Ray’s child Grace have her meltdown about the green crayon at the prison and the Warden had his men go out to the car park to look for it. I think this was a good way to go cause you get the more of a feeling that the warden really cares about whats going on and that he is not completely happy about it.

They kept some moments in that I was really glad stayed the same. One of them was the relationship between Steven and his boss and the conversation they have about him sleeping with the editors wife. They were both such dicks in this scene with the things they were saying and the way they act, but you totally get the feeling of them being good friends and the scene was just as funny in the movie as I pictured it in my head while I was reading.

Now because its a movie they altered the ending to make it a bit more dramatic than it was in the book. In the book our guy doesn’t get injected with anything before the call that saves his life because our caring Warden delays giving the go ahead for the execution because he doesn’t feel right about it. But in the movie they made it more dramatic with the Warden giving the go ahead and the injection process is under way when the call comes through. This was to give the audience a moment of “is he going to die because of how much he was injected? Was it too late?” but then we see Steve and Ray’s final visual of each other at the shops at Christmas and we know that everything ended all happy and well. I think this was a good way to end with the movie. I think because of how much more emotional the movie kind of was the audience couldn’t really just have been left with the ending that was in the book. I think it would have been a bit anticlimactic.

So yes, it was a very good adaptation of the book. Really enjoyable to watch and seeing how well its done I don’t feel I would have missed anything or lost any feelings about the story if I had of just watched the movie and didn’t have the book to compare it to. The only reason it was a 4 star and not a 5 was because of my own personal preference for movies. If we are judging purely on how well they turned it into a movie its a 5 star for sure.

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From Book To Movie – Catching Fire

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Title: Catching Fire

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 3.5 Star (Rounded up to 4)

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Book Series Reviews: 123

Description/Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Well well well! The other night I finally got to go out and see Catching Fire at the movies, and though I got in free I think I would have spent the money on it. I don’t think I’ll see it in cinemas again though.

The movie is pretty much just a summary of what happens in the book. This is why I gave it such a kinda low rating, its not that it was all that bad, its just that there was a lot missing. They just focus on the major things that happen throughout the book, and in the movie directors defence, SO much happened in the book I knew there were going to have issues with the movie. I have series doubt of them being able to pull off the third book. But now I’m getting a head of myself.

So the movie starts and bam we are on the train getting ready to do the victor tour. Ok it wasn’t quite that fast, you get a minute or two of everyone talking about leaving but it did happen super quick. I found this a little disorientating, there wasn’t any easing into the storyline because of the quick start and you never get a breather from then on.

The tour happened pretty much how I thought it would, Katniss was pretty blank face the entire time and If I was Snow or anyone else I wouldn’t have believed she was in love with Peeta either. In the book I got the feeling she tried just a bit harder than that but I’ll take what I was given I suppose. They did alter one bit at the end of the tour though. They introduce Plutarch to Katniss but they left out the bit where he shows her his watch which caused her much thought and confusion throughout the book and helped her work out the trick behind the arena. I get why it was removed, but they could have left it in and everything would have been fine.

They also gloss over how the smell of roses and bloody on Snow is sickening to Katniss and why he smells that why. They hint at it at one point but that’s it. They also leave out most of all the wedding stuff which I didn’t really mind all that much.

Then we move onto how the remove everything surrounding surrounding the lake. The people Katniss tries and fails to help, how her dad taught her to swim there, all the talk about District 13 possibly still functioning. This results in everyone at the end just declaring they are going to 13, and the fact that Katniss can swim when she gets to the arena. In the book it was made of point of that not everyone from every district can swim because there isn’t really great big bodies of water for the to do it in. In the movie they just know how to swim. Both annoying but also understandable I guess. They should have put the bits about 13 in there though, because Katniss just accepts that district 13 in functioning just too easily for my liking.

The next big things that happen before they enter the arena that annoys me are the fact that they don’t go into why everyone is kissing and stripping in front of Katniss, its just random in the movie Peeta never explains it to her, and the fact that we don’t get to see them watching old games and studying their opponents. I was soo looking forward to that. They barely touch on how people won their games. They also skip over how Finnick  won the last quarter quell. Just wasn’t acceptable. They also kind of gloss over how everyone of them are Haymitch’s friends.

Now we enter the arena. Most of what happened here I thought was pretty satisfactory because its the bit with the most action so of course they left everything in. One thing that really did annoyed me that they left out was the section where Peeta slams into the forcefield. It still happens, but no one questions why or how Katniss was able to scream a warning right before it happened. They completely gloss over this part and its all because of the poor planning on the first movie. They left out the fact that Katniss is pretty much deaf for half of that book/movie and thusly it seeped into this book. The reason she gives as to how the hell she knew that forcefield (because she doesn’t trust everyone she is with) is that when the Capital fixed her ears they did something that let her ear it, but nope. Its just glossed over. No questions of how she can magically tell were the pretty much invisible forcefield was.

The only other thing that I didn’t like was how it ended on Katniss’ eyes, that screen shot has been done a little too much for my liking.

They did do some things well. I loved the bit were Katniss breaks down when they announce that she will be going back in. They down play it a bit, but at least they put it in there. They also up played that she doesn’t get to say goodbye to her family which was downplayed in the books. Well done movie. Peeta is alot stronger in spirit in this one I think. He was soo angery at Katniss, I’m glad they didn’t downplay that. They also showed how much Prim had grown up very well,and how much Katniss wanted to kill Haymitch by the end of the book despite the fact they left out sections. All of the other characters were done very very well I think, Mags was awesome and I was so sad when she died. The rage they showed each of the victors felt about having to do the games again was also very well portrayed. The Monkeys were completely horrifying as was the fog section. The section with the birds was also done well, I believed how much that mind fucked Katniss.

So in conclusion it was ok, a total summary but ok. I don’t have high hopes for the third.

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From Book to Movie – The Hunger Games

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Title: The Hunger Games

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Star

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Book Series Reviews: 1, 23

Description/Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Normally Im against books turning into movies or other such things because they just dont live up to their written counterparts, however I was please with out they turned this book into a movie.

Im not saying by any means that they did everything well, there were a number of things I did not like that they changed, but they were mainly little things, so the movie still got a 5 in my opinion.

Here are some of the changes they made:

  1. This one is a negative to me. They made Peeta seem weaker in spirit that what he actually was, and they downplayed all the things that he did. Right from the get go, he is supposed to grab a glass out of their mentors hand and smash it against a wall, but instead he gets a foot in his face. They also dont mention that he was wounded saving Katniss, they just show him telling her to run which you never really know is just part of her tripping out. Also at the end we dont get him being all angry because he finally works out she was acting the whole time, they dont go into that fact at all really. They also made some of the other characters which are supposed to be the strong willed and strong weak at the end. That annoyed me, someone with that kind of mentality wouldn’t change.
  2. Im going to put this change down as a plus. They made Katniss more emotional, you can tell she is actually feeling things, rather than just seeming like an ice queen the entire time. Though, because we are no longer in her head we loose alot of emotion as well and things that she is feeling. Like her thoughts on Peeta and Gale, and how in the beginning Peeta was the one rooting for them to train together and thats why it hurt so much more when he decided that they should train separately.
  3. Another negative. They removed the section were district 11 sent Katniss their bread for what she did for their girl. They replaced this with images of the district going ape shit, but that doesnt happen in the book. We dont know that that happened, and I thought that was going a bit far. The whole reason why the games are happening is because stuff like that went on back in the day and I don’t think a district would start rebelling so lightly. I did like the fact they showed bits of what was happening in other places than the arena though.
  4. I dont know where I stand on this one. The time frame was seriously altered, thusly they removed stuff like Katniss being deaf in one side for most the book is ignored because it wouldn’t work into the shorter time frame, and why exactly Katniss is able to go through a fence that says “High Voltage” on it. I understand why they did this though.
  5. Im going to say this is a good thing. They added perspectives from the Capital people. Though we have no idea in the book how these things went down in the book, if they had skipped that stuff in the movie it would have been wrong. I wanted this in the book so I’m glad I got it in the movie.
  6. Im going to go negative on this one. Though I understand why they did it, they removed alot of small character bits from the movie that were in the book. Her father was mentioned tones in the book, but we get a only a little flashback of him in the movie, to me I think it probably would have been better to just leave him out of the movie because the little flash just wasnt helpful. He was the driving force to why Katniss is the way she is in the book, and the flash doesnt do that justice. They also altered who gave Katniss the pin. She originally got it from someone (the district mayors daughter) whom she spent some time with but didnt know if she was friends with or not right before she goes off to the games. It meant something then because of the uncertainty of their relationship along with other reasons. It lost something with that whole back and forth between Katniss and Prim in the space of few hours.
  7. Another plus. I feel they chose good actors to play each character, they each embraced the role they were given and connected with that character. Images of each were not all that different in my head than they were to what actors I was given.
  8. Another negative, the blasts to tell if someone had died were completely random. Sure you didnt hear them all the time in the book but there were reasons for that that were not mentioned in the movie. It just made it seem like they were not as important as they were and it was really annoying.

As you can see a few things annoyed me with the change, but I did really enjoy the movie. I understand the need to change how some things go down so that it works in a movie setting. So with what they had and keeping that in mind they did a great job here. I actually saw the movie first before I read the book, and I thought it was a pretty good movie then, but after I read the book I liked the movie a whole lot more because they really did try to keep to the book as much as they could.

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From Book to Movie – The Host

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Title: The Host

Genre: Post-Apoctalipctic Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction

Rating: 2 (maybe 3) Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t remember much of what happened in this movie. This is not because it has been about 2 weeks since I saw the movie (I saw it the night it came out), but thats the way the movie was. I didn’t really remember anything the second I stepped out of the cinema. It was hysterically terribly and completely forgettable.

So why the maybe 3 star? Well if its not so bad that you have been scared for life because of it, then its borderline right? I dunno either… There were seconds in there where I grew really quite angry at the changes they made, despite the fact that I was trying really hard to not take what was happening seriously. When I succeeded in the not taking it seriously, It was hysterical just h0w poorly some things were done.

My friend and I were probably the loudest people in the cinema. We laughed our butts off, and so did other people there who obviously read the book too. I felt a bit sorry for the guy a row in front of me who was obviously taking it seriously and hand’t read the book.. but there was no stopping the hysteria.

It was done better than Twilight I feel, ans this I mainly chalk up to the actors being better than those in Twilight, though I don’t feel that they were well chosen for the characters they were supposed to portray.

For lack of a better word, from the bits that I do remember, the love scenes were a bit… rapey. Everything was over dramatic and most the time it just seemed like it was being forced and at least one of the people apart of the scene was not enjoying themselves. Though this kinda happened in the book, you get info about why and what not which is not offered here. Really they just didnt do the depth of the love issues at all. It was looked over, but I suppose they couldnt do a 600+ book which is pretty much just complete development of the love between everyone they just couldn’t get it in there and tried to cover it up with over dramatic lines that never happened like “Sleep with me!”

I think the most ridiculous thing that happened though was at the end. They are in the desert and Mel and Jared finally get to be together and they go outside to have a happy ‘yay us’ kiss, and it suddenly starts to rain so they can kiss in the rain. All, if there was much, respect for the movie was lost at this point. You already had them kiss in poorly constructed rain scene earlier, the rain didn’t sudden need to happen for this last kiss… completely unbelievable.