Hey so I used the “film” tag for the first time in forever on that previous post. Yes, sir, I sure haven’t written about anything but video games in way too long. Chalk it up partly to me not having much interest in writing much of anything for the last few months. I just haven’t had the motivation to do much lately.
As far as movies go, I’ve watched a grand total of two films since D-Day 2015. One of those was my umpteen-hundredth viewing of The Goonies. Because I can always enjoy The Goonies.
The second movie that I watched, I came across while idly poking around on Netflix. It’s called The Notebook, and it’s the exact opposite of The Notebook that you’re thinking of. You may recall that I read and thoroughly enjoyed the book that this movie is based on, and I was downright thrilled to see that it has been made into a film. I’ve been toying with the idea of re-reading the whole trilogy, and watching the movie version of the first part has only made me want to read it again even more.
See, the thing is that the movie version is… I don’t know, kind of dull? While it’s very true to the book and the acting is really great, it just seemed sort of insubstantial. One of those movies where it felt like nothing was ever happening, even though things were, in fact, happening. It could of course just be that it’s not the kind of movie that I’d normally watch. As a drama, I typically would have stayed far away from it. Especially since it’s about kids dealing with a troubled life during World War II. Maybe I just don’t know how to value movies that aren’t full of one-liners and superheroes.
I don’t know if I can truly even recommend it. If you’re read the book, you’ve gotten the significantly better experience already. If you haven’t read the book, you’ll probably just be puzzled and bored. I mean, if you’re into indie dramas you’ll probably get more out of it than the average person, but it still seems like a tough sell to me. I can’t remember for the life of me if there’s even one character with a proper given name.
Anyhow, I did enjoy it on some level. Maybe just for filling in some little gaps that my imagination left blank while I was reading the book. I like the story and the characters, and I guess it’s nice to actually see them doing their things. Mostly though, I’m kind of hoping that the next two books, The Proof and The Third Lie, get made into movies as well, as that’s when the plot really gets going. Anyway, I probably just ought to go read them all again. I recommend you do so as well. Fantastic books.