Written July 26, 2016
I've never read the book so I'll take the word of my wife and daughter when they say the movie did not follow the book very well and made a number of unfortunate changes to the story.
For me personally, I left feeling I had just paid matinee prices for a made for TV movie.
The leading man, while having a nice smile, is too old for the part. Speaking of nice smile, it is used at every turn whether called for or not.
The leading lady at times turns in a performance that is rather disappointing to the point that her own cardboard cutout could have stood in for her.
The best acting comes from a somewhat over the top Emma Thompson and a seductive Emmy Rossum, both of whom sadly only shows just how bad the main characters were.
Jeremy Irons did what he does best, be Jeremy Irons with a different accent.
Sadly, I should have waited and seen this one on DVD instead.
Thankfully the family time involved made it worth it, even if the movie itself didn't,
Written June 25, 2016
Probably a miss cast of main character. Didn't connect with her at all. It was ok, enjoyed other characters in movie, it got boring but picked up, then kinda fell apart in one scene. Wait for on demand.
Written July 23, 2016
I enjoyed the movie. However, when I saw the movie I had never read the book and wasn't really sure what it was supposed to be about. I prefer to do things in that order. I have read the book since then. The screenwriter took a lot of liberties with the script, changing things that really didn't need changing. I'm just skeptical at how they will be able to move on to the sequels given the significant rewrite.
All in all its an entertaining film, but for die-hard fans, they will be upset.
Written August 29, 2015
Not all books translate well into movies. From what I've read and heard, this is the case with this film. I think what those avid readers fail to grasp is that with a book the author has a vast, almost unlimited, canvas upon which to paint a story, but with screenplays, it's a 110-120 pages of action and dialog. If it's not on the page, it's not on the screen. Therein lies the a difference between books and films. Long, rambling setups in books reduced to dialog, visualization unique to a reader becomes one size fits all for a viewer. So don't go in comparing this movie to the book or likely, as with others, you'll be disappointed. Instead, experience it as a play and you'll have a much different perspective. This is a good film, not a great one. It's populated with decent performances, excellent effects, a good story and some fresh and promising young talent...well worth the price of a ticket. See it. You won't be disappointed.
Written August 31, 2015
they changed some key elements to continue with sequels, which i think they sabotaged themselves for. it was slow-moving, lacked real concrete plot in comparison to the books. even twilight had a better screenplay conversion the first time around, but it may be just me. ive been looking forward to this movie ever since they started filming last year and i was just disappointed by the screenplay as a whole.
if you didn't read the books, you will probably enjoy it. the plot is JUST okay for the lamen person.