The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
I have just finished watching the film. After finishing the book I wanted to see it brought to life, but I am filled with regret. Why do I continue to sabotage my wonderful book experiences with the film adaptation?
I was so enthralled by the book, it was centred around my most favourite of animals and successfully captured the grace and intelligence of these magnificent creatures. The humans worked well too, with action, love and more emotion than my watery eyes could bear.
It is the story of a young girl who was involved in a collision with a truck whilst she is out riding with her friend one early winter morning. Both her and her horse are left with physical and mental scars, needing the help of a horse whisperer and his ranch to heal them both.
It is wonderfully written, and I finished it in no time at all, the fastest I have read a book in a long time. Perhaps because I read it as a physical paperback. The author is a apparently a film producer of sorts and this was his first written work. I think he clearly has a gift, I particularly enjoyed the way each chapter, although remaining in the third person, was from a different characters’ perspective.
The film though, save your pennies.
I recently re-read The Confession and I rarely read any book twice let alone within a year of finishing the book the first time. I am pleased to say the book was just as gripping the second time round and I think I even appreciated it more.
Then, a few weeks ago I watched Time to Kill by John Grisham. It was superb, one of the best films I have ever seen. Pure acting with plenty of famous faces to add even more credit.
The story of a black man shooting two white men dead as they rapped his daughter, a white lawyer defending in a racially segregated southern American town. A gripping watch that had me on the edge of my seat and in tears.
I highly recommend it!!
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Life of Pi – the film directed by Ang Lee
Life of Pi is probably the best book I have ever read, if not THE best. I was absolutely absorbed by Pi and his adventure at sea and every page was a cliff hanger. So I have been bursting with excitement ever since I heard the book was being adapted for the big screen.
Last Sunday I saw it. I opted for 2D as watching a film through those glasses irritates me. The film was visually spectacular, bringing to life all my imaginations of the book, the animals and his state of mind. It was full of colour and a strange sort of serenity despite the obscure predicament. The film did not feel like 2 hours long and I thought the narrative was spot on. Not too cheesy but gentle, encouraging, leaving the audience to ponder alone when needed. I still cannot get over the effects of this film, simply beautiful.
I would say however that to really appreciate the film I would highly recommend reading the book as for a long while the film had Pi out at sea and we glimpsed episodes that were so much more eventful in the book. As I said, the book is an absolute page turner and that essence I do not feel was well reflected in the film…..but oh my the colours and CGI are impeccable.
I also usually get really irritated at film adaptations (Do not get me started on Warhorse). But I am happy with Life of Pi. Thank you Ang Lee.