Originally published on 6/21/13--movie review below
I loved this book! Fantastic psychological thriller and mystery. I liked the intimacy of the book. There were truly only three main characters, and one of those was not who I was expecting. I felt the pacing was well done and kept me interested in Christine trying to discover who she is and what exactly happened to her to cause her two decade amnesia.
I didn't know much about amnesia, so I did some research. Christine suffers from two types of amnesia: retrograde amnesia (cased by an accident many years before) and anterograde amnesia (short term memory loss casing her to wake up every day not remembering anything from the day before). Both can happen aut the same time. I thought the author's choice to have her write in a journal to remember events was well done. Sometimes it didn't make sense that sometimes Christine DID remember some short term moments, but I let it go because it's a fictional story and I was being entertained. While reading this book, I immediately thought of the films "Memento" and "50 First Dates".
I had no idea where BIGTS was going. I thought the doctor was in on it. Then I thought maybe her bestfriend was involved. I also thought no one was involved with her accident and maybe it was just so horrific, the truth would just blow us away...Well it did blow me away. What a twist!!!
The only criticism I have is how rushed and perfect the ending is considering all the build up. Her resolve with her husband Ben just seemed to...lovely. I wish there would have been more to that storyline before THE END.
BIGTS has had the rights bought and the film is set to star Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, and Colin Firth. Not sure which parts Strong and Firth are playing. Seems like a great cast. I will definitely be seeing it to make comparisons!
(I'm assuming they will age her appropriately)
Ben/Mike???? He would be great in that role!
Really can't wait to see the film! I read the book in two days!
I watched the film the other day (at Redox). I haven't watched much live TV lately (thank you Netflix series binge watching!), so maybe I missed all the trailers???? I usually know when films are hitting the theater, but this completely missed my radar. I was surprised to see it at Redox. Either way, I'm glad I finally got the chance to see it.
I thought the film was underwhelming. The cast was great, but the film just didn't have the same thrill as the book. At least not until the end. Honestly, I think reading the book from Christine's POV makes it more intense. The film did not go that route and maybe that's why it suffered.
Colin Firth turned out to be Ben/Mike. I thought he did a fantastic job, as usual. Had I not already known the twist ending, I really would have believed he was her husband. Mark Strong gave a solid performance of Dr. Nash. From the trailer, I got a creepy vibe with his character. Due to editing, that was truly not the case and you could tell he was really trying to help Christine. Visually, I felt Nicole really took on Christine. A bit disheveled, one can only imagine what it would be like to wake up everyday trying to figure out who you are. I'm pretty sure fashion isn't high on the priority list.
I noticed a few minor changes such as the video diary and the age of Dr. Nash. If you remember from the novel, Christine writes her daily happenings in a journal. I liked how they changed to a video diary as it read better to an audience-- knowing what was happening and what she was thinking. In today's age of smartphones, it seems recordings would be more common than journal entries. However, at the time of the novel, journals would have been the medium used. Dr. Nash is also much younger in the book. A very minor detail that doesn't take away from the character at all.
Christine's moment with Adam at the end of the film was my favorite. To see a young boy who has missed his mother so much see that there is part of her that remembers him was very touching. I can't imagine not remembering my children!
All in all, it was an ok film. Not great, not good, but ok. Maybe that's why I never noticed it at theaters: it didn't last long. Or at all. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 36% with a 41% audience "liked it". Honestly, I would recommend the book over the film. If you get it from Redox, you aren't wasting your money.