When Books Become Movies: The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now Movie PosterI gave the book, The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp a 4.3 rating, so I was pretty pumped to see the movie. Unfortunately, it fell more than a little short.

Where Sutter and Aimee were vibrant and unique characters in the book, on the screen Sutter becomes the class clown. All the smoothness he seems to have is missing and he comes off as a total joke. Aimee is much closer to the book version, though she seems less vulnerable and much “cooler” than in the book.

Many of the scenes in the book that were important were played out as cheesy. Some of it was just the acting, which I blame on the director since it was all of the acting that was bad, not just one or two actors. (And I’ve seen these actors in other roles and they were great.) Everything about it just seemed off in some way. Not impactful enough, not sweet enough, not interesting enough.

Overall, the movie was quite accurate to the book as far as plot goes. No major changes, only a few scenes missing. No major changes in the characters except that the name of Holly’s husband is not Keeeevin. The ending is slightly different. It’s the same basically, but the way it plays out is a tiny bit different.

This movie apparently won some awards for acting at Sundance. And a whole bunch of other awards and nominations. I’m a little shocked at this.

My biggest issue was that Sutter seems like a jerk and has none of the wit and charm of his character in the book. Everything that made the book good is missing from the movie, leaving it dull and boring—the exact opposite of the book.

The trailer makes it seem like a good movie. *sigh* I hate when the movie ruins the book.

In this clip, you get a taste of what’s wrong with the movie. It’s just clumsy. And this was one of my favorite scenes in the book.

 

Did you see the movie? What did you think?

 

My Review
  • Book Accuracy
  • Characters
  • Plot
  • Overall Entertainment
2.3

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