Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Sister's Keeper

Last Saturday I went to see My Sister's Keeper. I was nervous about it because I had read the book and loved it. It is usually a mistake to read the book first because a movie can seldom do justice to the intricacies and nuances of the written word. However, I was pleasantly surprised this time. Much of the powerful emotion was conveyed by the actors who did an excellent job. I had really only thought of Cameron Diaz as a lightweight comedic actor until now but she proved me wrong in this movie.
There is, however, one major difference between the book and the movie and that is the end. They are not just a little different but completely, radically different. The movie ending is all Hollywood, nice and simple, but Jodi Picoult puts a great, unexpected twist to the book which creates a very poignant circle back to the beginning and gives the whole story a tragic completeness . This point is lost in the movie. I will say no more so as not to spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it and, if you haven't read the book, the ending will be fine. All in all, I'd say a job well done but take your tissues.

14 comments:

raine said...

Interesting. I generally don't read or watch tearjerkers, but I'd never heard of this. Also never considered Diaz seriously as an actress. Good to hear.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Ditto about the tearjerkers, Raine, but this was Jodi Picoult, my favorite author, so I had to see it. Actually I also watched PS I Love You which has the tears flowing and I enjoyed it.

Suzanne

Lin said...

Hi Suzanne, It's so nice to hear from you. Thanks for the nice comments you left at my blog. I stopped by your blog last night and got called away before I could leave a message to say hello. So glad you stopped by. I enjoyed reading your review. I haven't seen the movie or read the book. These days is safer for me to see comedies or adventures. The tearjerkers bring me down. LOL Hope you are well and happy. Lin

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Good to see you in here, Lin. I miss seeing your photographs when you take a break. I agree that there are times in your life when it's best to stay away from certain movies and books. Stay strong.

Suzanne

Footsteps said...

Don't know if I'm ready for a tearjerker right now, but I'll keep it in mind. THanks!

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Heather,then it's best to stay away from this one. There are plenty of other movies out there.

Suzanne

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

How awesome to hear a movie had the same intrigue as the book. I'm a Cameron Diaz fan. Wished the movie makers wouldn't have changed the ending, though.

Wild wave! My kids are coming home for Thanksgiving and my granddaughter is going to live in Switzerland for a year. :D

Hugs, Nancy

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Have a great Thanksgiving. I envy you guys having that celebration. Your granddaughter will have a ball in Switzerland.

Suzanne

Bernita said...

I avoid tearjerkers too.
But I want to say again that is a fabulous shot of you on the sidebar.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Thanks, Bernita. My sister took the photo about six months ago and that's one of my mother's paintings behind me.

Suzanne

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Swinging by for a wild wave!

Hugs, Nancy

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Big wave back, Nancy. All good on the western front.

Suzanne

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, dear Suzanne! MY 2010 bring you much joy and many blessings.

How lucky I am to find such a beautiful friend. :D

Hugs, Nancy

Suzanne Perazzini said...

The sentiment is mutual, Nancy. I have just finished work with twelve days of holiday stretched out in front of me - bliss.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and Jeff too.

Suzanne