Monday, May 18, 2009


Last night I went to see Angels and Demons. I was a little worried because they really changed the end of the Da Vinci Code and I didn't like it. I was happier with Angels and Demons. They did cut out a few things but I felt that two of the scenes they cut out were the things in the book that I thought were just a little too outrageous. Overall, it was a good movie and better than the movie adaption of the Da Vinci Code.

Speaking of books adapted to movies, two of my latest reads are books that were turned into movies, both of which I had seen the movie first.

The first was Memoirs of a Geisha. I really like the movie but I loved the book! The detail to culture was really interesting, but it was woven in with a great plot that kept too many facts from being boring. I was so intrigued and could barely put the book down despite already knowing what was going to happen.
The characters were also really well defined. I think that each ones personality was really well developed, no one was flat. There really wasn't anything that I didn't like about it.
It also defined what a true geisha is. Most people have misconceptions and don't realize the amount of work that went into the art of entertaining. It's an amazing book.

The other book that I read was the Notebook. I did like the movie. I thought it was a good love story. I have to say that this is the first time that I actually liked the movie better than the book. I liked how the movie told the whole story of their relationship not just a few days. I also liked how the movie made Noah's character so desperately in love with her, that he would do anything to have her back and never gave up hope. That may have made the movie a little more cheesy but I think if a girl is going to leave her fiance that she loves, than what she's leaving him for needs to be worth it.


D.B. Echo said...

I saw The Notebook so many times. I was involved in creating every DVD version of that movie around the world, so I had to watch it - particularly the final minutes - again and again. It's a good movie, but heartbreaking. They didn't get the Alzheimer's quite right, in my experience - it isn't something where, when someone has a lucid moment, they will say :How long have I been away?" (which I think she does at one point.) It's more a continuously shifting spectrum of lucidity and forgetfulness, with ancient memories sometimes substituting for recent ones.

Ashley said...

The only thing I didn't really like about the movie was the portail of Alzheimer's but when I read the book the idea behind it is that their love is so strong it brings her past her lost memory and back to him. Science can't explain it but love can...I guess.