Can't say I agree about The Book Thief, though. I found it a bit boring, but that was just in comparison to the book. Have you read it? I thought the straight realism of the movie stripped all the magic out of the story. I felt like it should've been more quirky.
I haven't read it, but after watching the movie I think I would be open to it.
I totally see what Squirrel is saying about The Book Thief
. Even reading the opening pages shows you how much difference there is between the book and (what I imagine could be done in) the movie. Minor:
The book is actually narrated by Death, who had a very very different voice in the trailer, if that was supposed to be a narrator...
. I read it for a class on young adult literature -- which is odd, because it was originally released as adult fiction and then in the States as YA fic. Also, it's a story about information and a story about books
, so it seems a bit odd to view it as a movie. Maybe that's just me.
Also! It's interesting how sympathetic it is to the suffering of the Germans, which I don't think comes across in much coverage of the historical events. The only other one I can think of is Slaughterhouse V
which is partially about the Dresden firebombing and the starving civilians in that city. What did you think about that aspect, Vega?Her
was awesome. Especially as someone who was, for a very long time, in a Skype-enabled relationship, it really rung some bells for me. Maybe that's one difference between people who 'get it' and those who don't? (Obviously not all people who got it had that background, but idea of technology being involved in dating is pretty much mainstream, so partly reception based on viewers' opinions of that phenomenon in our society?)
Went to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes
. Joe liked it a lot more than I did. The live-motion animation was absolutely fantastic, as you'd expect, and the script was good. There was something about it that just didn't really deal with the topics (animal cruelty ~~ racism, for instance) as well as it thought it did. It was trying to be an early fall film rather than a summer blockbuster, but I just don't think it succeeded at bridging that gap.
Also, why is no one talking about Guardians of the Galaxy
?? That was awesome.