March 29, 2008

More Love and Cholera

We watched the Love in the Time of Cholera movie last night and I have to say, it followed the book fairly closely. I was really surprised. The book is written in an unusual manner but they managed to translate it very well.

The book was different, which is what Marquez does best I think, so it goes without saying that the movie is odd too. It started off a bit romanticised but it very quickly takes on the quirky qualities of the book. I'm not sure it's all that easy to follow in places but I always think that when I've read the book first. My husband seemed to follow it pretty well.

One of the things I was not prepared for was all the bare breasts. I think every woman in the movie has a topless scene, and some of them are pretty unpleasant but, again, it is in keeping closely with the book. If you have read the book and loved it then I don't think the movie will be a disappointment but it you found it "interesting" or "different" then the movie will leave you with that same feeling.


Trish said...

The Elements of Style is one that I should really go back and re-study! Good lessons.

Anyway, I sometimes feel that a movie might be difficult to follow for someone who hasn't read the book, but I think maybe it's because we get SO much information in the book. When hubby and I saw Atonement, I wondered if he would pick up on everything since the book is sometimes so subtle. Glad you liked this one.

Petunia said...

I do that with my husband all the time. I am forever interrupting a movie to explain what the book said. Sometimes I'm really surprised at how well he can follow what's happening. But their are a few movies that have been too difficult to follow without knowledge of the book. I will always prefer to read the book first.