Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Revolutionary Road" the film

Several weeks ago a comment here suggested looking forward to the film version of "Revolutionary Road". After seeing the film, I have no idea what impression it makes to those with no expectations. As to expectations, the screenplay captured all of the superficial themes of the book just fine, but just tried too hard all of the time. Only twice in two hours did the real grip of the book make itself felt. The emotional scenes were acted as if in a play, with the distance, pauses, and exaggerated emotion that work on the stage but not in film.

Perhaps great books can't be turned into great film in a literal way while middling genre books can. (The Godfather).


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