Summer movie viewing continues.
Last night Kevin and I watched this movie. It’s set in 1955 and is the story of April and Frank, met and married and moved to the suburbs. We don’t learn much about them, only that when they met he had ideals and dreams and then when we see them 7 years(I believe) and 2 children later they are less than content with their lives. They bicker and fight and find fault with each other. There are infidelities and there is angst and frustration.
I wanted so much to like this movie, I love Kate Winslet and Leonardo is easy on the eye, but sadly it was disappointment. It dragged and it left me me feeling sort of blah. Yes the subject matter is dark and sad, but just in general it wasn’t great.
My rating is a 2 out of 5 stars.
I read the book My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult a couple of years ago, when it was first released, so I’ve naturally forgotten many of the small details of this book.
I went to see this last weekend with Caitie, who has not read the book, our expectations of the film were different.
It is the story of Kate, a fifteen year old with Leukemia, her younger sister Anna, eleven, who was genetically created and born to save her sister. On the surface that alone sounds all “brave new world” and cruel, but her parents did love both their daughters. The plot revolves around Anna seeking legal counsel to medically emancipate herself from her parents and giving her body to save her sister. That is heartbreaking, as we learn each character’s intent and feeling.
Let me say, the book was phenomenal, and I read it with gusto, the movie has a bit too much of the Hollywood picture perfect family thing going on, but I expected it.
The ending was changed, and it does make a difference, one friend of mine told me she liked the movie better, I’m not sure I liked it less or anything, it just wasn’t true to the feeling of the book.
I enjoyed the movie, I felt a tug at my heart for the family, I wanted to slap the mom, but I felt the same reading the book.
My rating, a 3 out of 5 stars, Caitie said she would give it a 3.5 atleast.