TheCelticFury saidDoes anyone read anymore? Talked to a friend about it and had to explain a few things that the movie left out and played down certain scenes way too much since they were a big part of the book.
o Just because people enjoy a movie doesn't mean they didn't also enjoy the book.
o Just because someone enjoys the movie without reading the book doesn't make them some sort of intellectual dolt.
o Movies ALWAYS have to cut down from the book version -- this has always been true and always will, unless you can get the studio to OK a 6 hour movie and then put in a dorky offstage narrator to fill in what characters are thinking. In books, you have complete freedom. Movies are much more constrained. They are completely different mediums. Complaining they are different is kind of like complaining that the sky is different than the ocean.
o Just because a remake is different doesn't mean it can't also be good. There are many example where remakes are awful compared to the original, and many where they were an improvement. There isn't a strict relationship between release date and quality.
One thing that was nice about this movie that WASN'T "damn hollywood" was:
o The slow pacing up front
o The complexity and number of characters (altho reduced from the book, but still way more than a typical Hollywood feature).
o The use of violence as an adjunct to the story, not as the feature.
This is not a typical Hollywood movie.