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Why does Hollywood mess with Mark Twain?,
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This review is from: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (DVD)
I will never understand Hollywood. Here is a perfect book with perfect dialogue, and what do they do? Change words. Delete words. Put words in the wrong places. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a masterpiece for a reason, so taking any liberties with it in a film version is risky business. Why do it? Hollywood is full of talented people - actors, screenplay writers, directors. Although there is beautiful scenery in this film, Samm-Art Williams does a good job as Jim, and Geraldine Page is perfect as Aunt Sally, these three pluses alone cannot carry the day. Hollywood has yet to make a good film version of this book, and it's a mystery to me. All they have to do is stay faithful to Twain, but for some reason they can't leave it alone. I usually only review books and films I like, and I don't like any film version of Huck, so I suppose this is my plea to Hollywood... try again, please, but don't mess with Twain. Stay true to the book. We don't need caricatures of his characters, just talented actors who keep the dialogue true. For anyone thinking of watching a film version of Huck, my advice is to get the book, curl up, and let your imagination play out the scenes. Twain gave us a masterpiece. Why settle for anything less?