I love seeing movies based on novels! I just love to see what they do with them. So my husband and I went to see Extrememly Loud and Incredibly Close, based (loosely) on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer.
First I have to say that I DID read the book first. The movie was a good movie but I didn’t like it. I wondered how they would make that book into a movie and now I know. They couldn’t. It’s like someone read the book and loved it and thought it would make a great movie. Then they took a few basic things from the book and wrote a most new story.
I was disappointed. The book REALLY spoke to me. It spoke to my heart in a way that I haven’t had a book speak to it in a long time. Yes, it was sad..sad to the point of depressing honestly. I had to read it and then wait a day or two and go back to it. The sadness expressed in the book was overwhelming at times. I didn’t get that from the movie at all. As a matter of fact, I felt like they took most of the sadness away. I guess the reality is that no one wants to see a movie that starts off sad, is sad in the middle, and even ends pretty sadly. But I felt like the book spoke about true loss. The reality is that you truly don’t ever get over or past true loss. You just learn how to live with it. It becomes a part of you. It changes you forever. Even the ending isn’t really an ending but a moving forward.
The screen writers actually manufacture a happy ending and leave out most of the stories in the book. I guess you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do to sell tickets but I think they missed an amazing opportunity to change people…to move them in a way that they may never have been moved before.