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Don't watch it - read the book instead!
on 11 May 2013
A parody of what is one of the most beautiful books ever written. This was always going to be a hard film to make, as the book is so much about the thoughts and feelings inside a boy's mind. However, even the basics are not done well in this film - there's good action in the book but the film doesn't even stay true to what could be easily reproduced; the story is changed where there's no need to change it and there is no real insight into David's thoughts. His whole character is mis-represented by the film (eg in the book where he first enters a house, he is overwhelmed by the beauty of the dining table and the very food he eats, and goes to great pains to preserve that beauty, getting annoyed by the children who are careless and get food on the table ... while in the film you see him clumsily and very carelessly chucking his spaghetti all over the place!!)
This was so awful I couldn't bear watching it - gave up about a quarter of the way through. If you've read the book, don't bother - this film will disappoint you terribly. If you've watched this film already, don't be discouraged - read the book for a wholly different and better experience!