Movie Reviews

July 5, 2009 Uncategorized 6

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.

6 Responses to “Movie Reviews”

  1. My name is PJ.

    Hi Anita, Haven’t seen either movie yet. I read RR, or tried to, and it couldn’t hold my attention – so it went unfinished. It dragged. My Sister’s.. is one of my top ten favorite books of all time. It’s my understanding that the editor changed the ending! He should be shot!!! Okay, maybe just a flesh wound. Is he nuts or what??

  2. Sandy

    I was thinking I wanted to see Revolutionary Road because of the time period but maybe I’ll wait now. Thanks for the reviews.

  3. KT

    I just reread My SIster’s Keeper for the second time ( I read it the first time in 2005). I don’t want to see the movie! I really liked the book and want to keep it at that. What did you think of Cameron Dias as the mom? For some reason I feel like that was poor casting and I Picture more of a Joan Cusack type person, someone a bit older and less perky….might be a video rental when it gets to that point…

  4. Anonymous

    I thought Revolutionary Road was great. It definitely left a sad feeling afterwards, but the subject matter was dark. I like a movie that moves me. Life isn’t always Hollywood pristine with happy endings. Some lives are full of despair and I thought the actors and director did a fabulous job with a classic piece of literature. They stayed fairly true to the book.

    Jodi Picoult’s books are all trite and predictable. I can’t imagine a movie from her book would be anything but an improvement.

  5. Bonnie

    Thanks for the reviews! I was curious about RR but haven’t seen it. Doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy either.

    I read My Sister’s Keeper also. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie where I’ve read the book and liked it as much. There is just so much more to a book usually. I’ve seen the previews to the movie and I think it would be hard to watch.. just all the emotion involved.

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