Book-to-Movie Review: Series of Unfortunate Events

I just finished watching the first 2 episodes of the new Series of Unfortunate Events TV show, which covers the whole of book one, The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket.

I am really liking the series as a TV show! I think they did a really great job. I like the overall feel, and for the most part, the acting is on par, and not too cheesy (most of the time).

It has just the perfect level of weirdness, which correlates right along with the strangeness of the books. And I like how they also incorporated the Narrator too! Mr. Poe’s coughing is just a little weird, it seems like he has some disease, that would be very contagious, but I know that’s pretty true to the books as well. I also like how well they did Sunny, for the most part. I know they do have to portray her  biting, as the book depicts, and I think they have done a good job, but haven’t gone over the top either.

One thing I do not get, is the extra characters at the end? Maybe I am forgetting the first books of the series, due to having read them a couple years ago, but I do not recall who these characters could be, or if they were portrayed at all in the book.

At least these are my feelings, so far! I am watching the show with 4 of my 5 kids (youngest doesn’t care, at 9 months old…haha), and they didn’t want to watch at first, but were wanting to continue after the 2nd episode, and I said we’d have to wait til tomorrow. đŸ™‚ I am looking forward to watching the next couple episodes!

If you have watched any of the new TV series, please let me know what you thought in the comments (but please, no spoilers past the first 2 episodes).

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Book-to-Movie Review: The Spectacular Now

Book
Title: The Spectacular Now
Author: Tim Tharp
Published: July 2013
I read: July 2016
My Rating: 3 stars

Movie
TItle: The Spectacular Now
Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler
Released: September 13, 2013
I rated: 7.5/10
IMDb rating: 7.1/10

I just finished reading the novel, The Spectacular Now, this week for this week’s Booktube-a-thon, and one of the challenges for this read-a-thon was to read a book, and then watch it’s movie adaptation, which I then, also, did watch.

This story is about a boy who is a tad pretentious, and loses his girlfriend (that he does truly care about) over something stupid. Instead of owning up to his own stupidity (in anything that he does), he then tries to help the social status of another quiet girl, who he ends of up falling in love with. Sutter has a bit of a drinking problem, which is the running theme and reasoning behind the entire story and all the things that happen in it, which also brings this innocent girl, Aimee, down with him. Thankfully, she doesn’t let it get her down for the long haul.

I thought this book was just okay. I do like the writing style and feel of the book overall, but I consider it to just feel “meh”. I was kind of frustrated with Sutter. The amount of stupidity is gross. Drinking and driving is done a TON, and I feel like, with some of the things that happens when he’s drank and drove, he would get caught at some point. I feel like his character didn’t really grow all that much. He did grow somewhat, but not in this area. Aimee is the character who changes the most. It’s almost sad how much she lets Sutter drag her down, but we know it’s all done because she loves him, and doesn’t want to let him go. It doesn’t help the ending is left wide open to interpretation, but with no indication at all as to what way it could be going. I gave this book a 3/5 star rating.

I liked the movie just slightly more than the book. I felt it told the main idea of the story well. However, compared to the book, it’s like they took all the main parts of the book, put them in a bag and shook them up, and then blindly pulled them out to make the order of the movie. Many scenes happened word for word from the book, but all out of order. They also did add in a few scenes that never happened. I don’t think they portrayed the kids as strongly in their personalities as the book described. However, the ending is concluded a bit better, which I think helps. Despite it all, the story was told well, and I enjoyed it a bit more than the book. I would give the movie a 3.75/5 or 7.5/10 stars.

Book-to-Movie Review: Room

Book
Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Published: September 2010
I read: August 2014
My rating: 5 stars

Movie
Title: Room
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, among others
Released: January 2016
My rating: 9/10
IMDb rating: 8.5/10

I read Room, by Emma Donoghue back in summer of 2014, and just watched the newly released film this month, in January 2015.

This story is told from the perspective of a 5 year old little boy, who only knows what he has experienced in his short life. He lives with his ma in Room; inside where everything is real, and everything else is outer-space, and not real. They have specific routines each day, for eating, and exercise, and sleeping. He looks forward to Sunday treat. He gets confused when Ma starts telling him stories, stories that she says are real, but has always said were pretend, before. He doesn’t understand what she means, what she wants him to do, what is happening to him, when he finally, finally, steps outside of Room.

I really, really enjoyed this book, I thought it was told so innocently, through the eyes of a 5 year old, who feels everything that is happening to him is completely normal, as it is all he has ever known. I liked how, through his perspective, things are one way, but in our own mind, we know what is really going on, what is happening beyond his understanding. It’s scary too, the situation that unfolds in this story is so realistic, things like this have totally happened, are still happening to this day. It’s sad, but then has a good ending, overall.

I also enjoyed the movie adaptation. I feel the movie follows the story in the book pretty closely. There may be one mild change in the end, but not one that is detrimental to the story. In fact, I like how it ends the movie on a slightly better, or happier, note, rather than how the book ends. Otherwise, many of the details of Jack’s observations and life are brought to us in a very similar way, from his perspective, with us knowing what’s going on, but yet lacking his understanding.

I highly recommend the book, as well as the movie, whether you have read the book or not.