The book triumphs over this shallow adaption. — 2 years ago
I really… honestly… hated the movie. Granted I read the book first, so that is possibly why. They really dumbed down the characters, cut out all the stuff that made them important and gave them a role in the story at all. All the little bits and pieces that added up at the and and made you go, “Oh god, yes, I remember this moment way back in the beginning…” Hakan’s intentions for helping Eli were lost, his whole ruled-by-lust-and-sin factor was nonexistant. Also, the fact they so narrow-mindedly turned Eli into a girl for the film seemed outrageously homophobic. Honestly, when people know Eli is male and refer to him as a she simply out of their own skewed view of the character, I view it as offensive, because it reminds me of the kind of attitude people have in real life. Like with trans* or genderqueer people.
Apart from the book, as far as an actual movie goes, I would find it on the okay scale. But my extreme unhappiness with it really did come from the book. I didn’t feel any of the raw emotion in it. I didn’t feel the sadness, the disgust, or the frightening aspects (when Oskar cuts his hand and Eli starts to reveal his true nature for example).
Also, changes for the sake of changes? What’s with turning Jonny’s name to Conny? On top of that, making him the only “real” bully, as if the audience couldn’t handle the complexity otherwise.