John Dies At The End
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It's all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs.
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It is bizarre, cheesy, and there is some genuine funny parts.
Even though it is pretty cheesy, there actually is a good story here that really keeps your eye brows knitted in between the laughs.
What kind of movie is this?
The first scene with the young woman, was startlingly scarey, and a scene are two after that, it was surprisingly funny. The whole movie is like that.
How original is the story?
This is one of the most imaginative movies I have seen in a long time.
Is this worth your time?
It is worth watching if you an sit back and just enjoy the ride! However, if you are looking for a "legitimate sci fi" you will be dissapointed. Think along the lines of "The Mask" with Jim Carey. I hated that movie the first time I saw it.
Be warned: the spirit, tone, and gist of the story are here, but there have been a LOT of small changes and omissions in the name of coherency and pacing; if you come in to this with your heart set on a scene-for-scene recreation of the book, you are going to be disappointed. On the other hand, if you accept that the differences exist to better convey the essential tale in a visual medium, then you will enjoy this immensely.
Personally, I hope they make enough money to produce the sequel "This Book is Full of Spiders"
I laughed a whole lot, especially at the cartoon interlude, which I feel was an appropriate way to depict the story and possibly a nod to the cartoon retelling of O-Ren Ishii's backstory in "Kill Bill vol. 1". Most of the good jokes from the book that were used translated well, although I don't know why they had to change Molly's name to Bark Lee.
I wish a lot more of the character backstories had been fleshed out, or that Dave had been depicted as being mentally unreliable to the same extent he was shown to be in the book -- a lot of the humor and horror of the book came from Dave's unreliability as a narrator; the humor came across very well but it's difficult to really re-create the horror part of that in the book. I'm hoping the eventual sequel(s) explore the character backstories more. I'm saddest that Amy's role and personality was reduced as much as it was, but some cuts are unfortunately necessary and if the movie had all of the backstory in it that the book does, it would only be talking. John came across mostly as the book depicts him; I was kind of surprised to see him not smoke or drink on-camera throughout the entire film.
Paul Giamatti was an excellent choice for an Arnie Blondestone; it's obvious he read the book a number of times and really understood the careful nuances to his character and he doesn't deviate far from the book. I wish They China Food! was actually depicted as being a former Mexican Restaurant (complete with Burrito mural) run by a pair of brothers from the Czech Republic, but alas, some of the richness of Undisclosed seems to vanish from the movie. David and John had pretty good rapport on screen; I wish more of the characters from the book had made the transition from page to screen (e.g. Big Jim) but film is a medium that necessarily has to limit these things.
All in all, I could sit down and pick through every single change between the book and the movie but I recognize they're different mediums and I enjoyed both of them immensely. I will be watching it again at least once before the 48 hour rental expires.
Bottom line: If you liked the book, you're going to like the movie.