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Wronging A Whole Book Series
on August 6, 2013
Keep in mind that I watched with English-dubs (which seemed quite good and I hardly noticed BTW). OK, the Movie starts with Angelique all grown up. I can accept that the book set-up of Angelique's genteel poverty is avoided. Much was accurate at first. There was Angelique caught with Nicholas, her forced marriage to Jeoffry and seeing his mining endevors.
But the movie (as well done as it is) starts to depart from the books after that. Gradually at first, then greater (according to my english book translations). The movie version starts to become less faithful to the books.
Important scenes are left out. Important scenes are diminished. But most importantly, to anyone who has read the books, Joeffry de Pyrec is revealed to Angelique WAY too early. He finds her again in the Mediterranean as "Rescator" as 'Angelique In Barbary' when that NEVER happened in the books. And Colin Paturnel was shot and killed at the ending.
Granted, it made a standard movie ending, but it was very shocking and disappointing to see the plot so ruined.
And then there was the casting. Angelique is well cast. Her more minor supporting characters are well cast, The detective and the poet and family were great. But Joeffry was a little fop in the movie, completely unlike in the books. Granted, he did great work moving with his charachter's bad leg. but that was about it.
If you you want to admire the admirable Jeoffry de Peyrac, equal in every way to the outstanding Angelique of the books, you won't see it here. And you won't see the tension on them both meeting finally in the real story a few books beyond this movie.
I'm not sure how to rate this movie. On the one hand, I was glad of it and I generally enjoyed it. I have learned to forgive failures of movies to follow great books. But it really failed at the end by the books.
I have to give it a 3 at best and mostly because I love the books and are grateful there was even an attempt at a movie.
I'll give this a 3 for there just being a movie made of the first books, a 2 for casting Joeffrey de Peyrac badly, and a 2 for following the books badly. But I still want to make it a 3 for just existing.
In spite of all, I enjoyed watching it. Now I just want someome to do the books into a series of movies right the next time.