Day Fourteen: Book turned movie and completely desecrated
I’ve read every single book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. When they announced that they would be making a movie out of it (with Jim Carrey, AND my heartthrob, Liam Aiken) my thirteen-year-old self was stoked.
Until I watched it and realized that they stuffed three books into one movie.
Look. I get it. Three SUE books doesn’t equal many pages—maybe 600-700. I get it. Longer books have been stuffed into the minuscule timeframe of a film. But shoving three different plots and stories into one? Absolutely ridiculous. So much was left out, and it was very jarring to have three story lines in one movie.
The Lovely Bones holds such a huge piece of my heart, I used to talk about it to anyone that would listen and I convinced my friends that didn’t read that they had to read it. Then, the movie came along. Pure and utter devastation.
I was actually really optimistic about how they were going to handle it. I mean, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci? Such a killer cast! I didn’t see how they could mess it up! But they did, oh how they did. Maybe it was just me and how I envisioned the book, but it wasn’t anything like how they made the movie.
The girl that played Susie was just not good, and I felt like… it was just one big let down. The thrill that I got when I read the book, that piece that hooked me and wouldn’t let go, was not there. Stanley Tucci was brilliant, which I appreciated, but that didn’t save the movie from disaster for me.