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An enjoyable film, fairly loyal to the book
on 4 April 2008
People are often disappointed by adaptations, but even if you do know the book, you should still enjoy this. The story is gripping, and the acting is of a very good standard. To compress the book into a couple of hours or less does mean some sacrifices. The most crucial change has been in the characterisation. Carrie's inability to understand others' motives is the cause of the series of crises in the book. Her younger brother Nick is - again in the book - the more insightful and aware one. This contrast is crucial to the plot, but the film downplays this to such an extent that some of Carrie's actions become incomprehensible. The ending of the book is rather saccharine, and it is a pity the film does not seek to improve on that. Overall a successful venture. Well done BBC.