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From Book to Movie – Looking For Alibrandi

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Title: Looking For Alibrandi

Genre: Drama, Coming of Age, Young Adult, Australia

Rating: 2 Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the disapproving nuns at her strict Catholic school, the acceptance of her schoolmates,and romantic dilemmas over two very different boys.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This movie kind of went by without me noticing much about what was happening. This is the reason why it got such a low rating, that and the fact that I don’t think I will watch it again. I’m not saying It was all that bad, I’m sure some people would love it if they liked the book more than I did.

The casting choices in the movie I thought were very good ones. The only one that I really had an issue with was Kick Gurry as Jacob Coote. Compared to all the other kids in the movie he just looked so much older than all of them and it was just weird.

I liked her Nonna and her father much more in this time round. They came off less harsh and mean. I still didn’t like her Nonna though.

In terms of plot they did leave out a few things, but that’s to be expected. I didn’t even notice they had left out certain scenes until I was sitting here writing this review so clearly they didn’t matter all that much.

The only thing that really bothered me about the movie was the fact I feel like they downplayed John Baton’s death a bit. I don’t feel they played up all the signs of distress and sadness he expressed to Josie before he committed suicide. I think they also downplayed everyones reaction to his death. I really connected with Josie in the book at this section, but here I didn’t so much. I think they also skipped over her section with Carly after his death, where they kind of connect, and that made me a bit sad.

So yes, I don’t think this was a bad movie. Those who love the book will probably love this movie. But like the book this movie was just not for me. If I had of been doing my HSC when I first saw this movie I think I would have liked it alot more. My own preference is why the rating is low, not because I don’t think people will enjoy it.

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Book Review – Looking For Alibrandi

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Title: Looking For Alibrandi

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age

Length: 261

Rating: 3 Star

Movie Review

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Description/Synopsis:

For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, its just been her, her mum, and her grandmother. Now its her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldnt be any stricter but that doesnt seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.

Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the no nonsense wisdom of her mum, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past and the year she sets herself free.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

While reading this book I got flashback of school and I kind of try to avoid those at all times, but because this book is based on Australian school system it kind of held a place in my heart because it was relatable in that way. Oh HSC, you will forever have a stain upon my mind.

I kind of hated our main character Jose, but I think this was more of personal reason than she was a bad character. For the story she was telling, the time in her life, and the events that are going on I think her personality and character are spot on to how most if not all teenagers are. I think this is why I hate her so much, I know I acted like that at times and might still do Im sad to say. She points out the bad parts of me and the troubles that we have to go through.

Now it really wouldn’t be a teen coming of age HSC story if there wasn’t a suicide. Though I don’t think highly of it at all and have strong views which I wont mention because I will get hate mail. That being said I did tear up when I was reading about her feelings on the suicide. Its those feelings that I have such… negative opinions.

The rest of the characters were pretty full on except for the mother. I hated her Nonna for being such a cow, I thought her boyfriend Jacob was a tool, and I couldn’t believe on a totally that might happen to some people how her father treated her in the beginning. Why does everyone act like such… meanies? But remembering back then I often thought people were being intentionally mean when sometimes they weren’t, but the people in her life just seem nasty.

So anyway this was a very realistic portrayal of a teenage life in Australia, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was actually that age, a bit younger, or just out of school.