Written October 26, 2014
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 February 18, 2013
I UNDERSTAND THAT THE MOVIE CAN'T BE TO THE LETTER OF THE BOOK, BUT COME ON WHERE ARE ALL THE CHARACTERS PLEASE ETHAN FINDS THE LOCKET ON HIS OWN IN THE FIRST 10 MIN OF THE MOVIE AND THE BOOK REALLY IN THE LIBRARY FOR PETES SAKE GET SOMETHING RIGHT WON'T YOU AND RIDLEY SHORT RED HAIR WHAT HAPPENED TO LONG BLONDE HAIR AND WHERE WAS THE LOLYPOP REALLY NOT WORTH THE MONEY OF THE MOVIES NOW A DAYS SHOULD OF WAITED FOR THE DVD.
Written February 20, 2013
My friend and her daughter have read the book so they were so excited to see this movie. I told them that the reviews said people who read the book would be disappointed. Well they were right! My friends did not care for the way the story was told in film. I thought the movie was okay but I thought the editing could be better. The storyline seemed disjointed. but the plot was good and loved the special effects. My friend and her daughter now question if they will see anymore of these movies. Maybe they(directors) should have done it in 2 parts. That way they could have stayed true to the book. Just a heads up that if you want to read the book wait till after you see this movie! LOL
Written October 02, 2014
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 October 23, 2014
There was very little resemblance to the book; I suppose, if you hadn't read it you wouldn't be disappointed. The actors did well but, it wasn't what I expected to see. Read the book instead.