This is a valiant effort at a modern-day version of the Dickens classic, though I've only read half the novel, the part I have read is indeed very similar to the story line in this film--more than just the "basic story line." However Charles Dickens actually wrote two endings to his famous novel, one happier than the other. Now I'm compelled to go read the edition I have, which contains both endings. I can't wait!
This film is like Pooh Corner on Crack. What was up with the racoon in KW's stomach? Did Max take too much meds and drink red Bull? Why did they change the names of the creatures? Too much brown acid, Spike Jones!!!
have a copy of the original 1st released book. my favorite - i'm 54. haven't seen the movie, but heard it's really good. the book with it's illustrations broadened the gift of my imagination. not sure if i want to see the movie & risk my imagination not staying intact. thinking imagination overrules. maybe someday.
Sayles is one of the most gifted independent film makers in America today, and this is arguably his best effort. Partly detective story, partly history of the kind Faulkner did in Absolom, Absolom, the film panoramas whites, blacks, hispanics and the progression of American history in a tightly-woven tale of intrigue and suspense. Warrants half a dozen viewings.
A story about individuals trying to live in our increasingly homogenized culture and the price of conformation and it's side effect, isolation and loneliness. By far, Kevin Spacey's best performance. Annette Benning's scene melting down in front of the drawn shades of a house for sale has left an indelible mark in my mind.