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If you liked the novel, you must watch the movie - very good....,
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After reading the book, I really enjoyed the movie. I think if you had not read the book, the movie might be less appealing and some might find the movie a little strange (or a lot.) The depth of the book brings out the symbolism and political meanings, etc. While the movie really brings out the visuals and maybe turns it more into an enjoyable "story" . The movie follows the book very well. Nearly all scenes are included except for a few. The movie ends earlier than the book. ........Spoiler Alert................. The movie ends right after Oskar tosses the drum in the grave, gets hit with the rock and commences growing again. I thought the last scene of the movie with the train pulling away from the field (where the movie opens) was very good. I actually liked the ending of the movie better than the book. As much as I liked the book, I did tend to think it would never end. I think the post war chapters with Oskar's hunchback, posing for the art class, and sneaking into the nurse's apartment was too much of the same... these chapters are not in the movie.
While reading the book, I really viewed Oskar as an adult in the last half of the book. Although in the movie it is very difficult to do this, since it is a small child actor. In this regard, the book was better.
In another regard, I give the edge to the movie in how they had WWII footage interlaced with the plot. While reading the book, I sometimes forgot there was a war going on - and a very large one at that. I think the movie did a nice job of reminding you of the seriousness of this war while the antics of the characters was going on.
All in all, I thought this movie was very good particularly for those who liked the book. Unlike many movies based on novels, this one does not disappoint you....