Top critical review
Decent movie but make sure you read the book after.
22 January 2017
I read the book first and it probably rather influenced my impressions from the film. I admit it is impossible to put all nuances and emotions of a pretty long story into a couple hours on screen. So, sorry.
It was a lot more difficult in the book. It was a lot more dangerous. It was dirtier and hungrier. The roller coaster of hope and catastrophe was a lot more pronounced in the book. It took more people, effort, compromise, hard work, dedication and sheer will power in the book. The book was better at showing the guy's genius at survival. And his amazing sense of humor, which probably carried him through.
But it is still a good movie. Just don't read the book before.