July 12th, 2008

lego me

[book vs film] PD James - Children of Men

The typical relationship between a book and its adapted film is that the book gives more insight into its characters internal lives and goes much deeper in exploring its ideas. As a film, Children of Men is already packed with interesting concepts and I had hoped for more of them in the source material. As it turns out, the film may be superior to the book in most ways.

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The film creates a more plausible, compelling, and kinetic set of events and actually contributes more original ideas. This joins my short list of stories which work better in adaptation than the original. Also present: Clockwork Orange (more visceral), Hunt For Red October (less jingoism, more suspense), Lord of the Rings (less elvish poetry).