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Its only flaw is that it should have been longer,
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I'll begin by admitting that I'm an unapologetic David Wong fan-boy; I own both the JDatE novel and the sequel in hardcover, and I've been following the progress of this film since day one of the announcement. The release of the film has been on my mind for months, and I watched this tonight with my heart in my throat.
Is it as good as the book? No.
It's also not as long. And it's in a completely different medium. And there is absolutely no way on earth that the film could EVER have looked and sounded exactly the way that I imagined it. The film is quite altered from the text in some places, and yet beat-for-beat in others ... and sometimes, the changes were jarring. Many of my favorite lines and scenes from the book didn't make the cut, and some of the changes were inexplicable to me.
But for fans of Wong's writing, this a damn good adaptation: created by people who truly love the source material ... even if, in some instances, it seems like they don't truly "get" it, at least in the same way that I do. That's not much of a complaint; I suppose that it's "praise by faint damning" - my issues with the film are, given the circumstances, a wash.
I only wish that this amazing novel could have received the full 10-hour "Game of Thrones" HBO miniseries treatment. Since that simply wasn't going to happen, I accept that this fun little flick is a faithful beginner's guide to the weird writing of David Wong.
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Initial post: Dec 27, 2012 6:57:22 AM PST
Jason Hornbuckle says:
"praise by faint damning"?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 11:48:41 AM PST
This Guy Went says:
insofar as the only bad things you can think to say about something are really not that bad, which reveals a reviewer as trying to express a minor disappointment but knowing that it lies within his own expectations and not the actual product.
Posted on Dec 27, 2012 4:29:01 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 12:07:28 AM PST
Clinton J. Boomer says:
The opposite of "damning by faint praise," I suppose.
Posted on Feb 8, 2013 10:41:34 AM PST
T. Dalton says:
I have to agree. I've been reading David Wong since the blog started, so when the movie was announced I was, for lack of a better word, over the moon. I love the movie for what it is. It is NOT the book. It is not the scare the hell out of you, shadow people, jump at every little twitch experience that the book was. It is campy, funny, creepy, awesome, "Evil Dead" and "Army of Darkness" kind of snarky goofiness that will keep you entertained for the time that you are watching it. And, if you are fans of this kind of movie, you will be watching it again and again. With popcorn, and friends, and you will be laughing your ass off. You will also be a little disappointed every time you watch it, knowing that there are huge chunks of source material that are missing from the story. That it could have been *so* much better!! But, reality is, that it's a small budget, independent film. That it got made at all is pretty awesome. So, I'll watch it with my popcorn, and my friends, and I will accept it for what it is. And, I will reread the book. And, I will buy anything that David Wong chooses to write in the future. Because he is that good.
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