Quick Hit: A dreadful bore of a film with actors that struggle to lift it out of a poor torturous script.
I really thought this was a shame because there is a lot of promise to this film. After I failed to enjoy the movie, I looked up the story of the book and the way it was told. Why were there changes? Why take a book that is fast-paced and easily enjoyed, full of sarcasm and dark humor, and water it down into a slowly told flashback film?
I may rant a bit here.
It bothers me that whenever an author has a hit book, it is turned into a movie. That sounds ludicrous to say on a movie blog, but it's true: not all books need to be movies. Sometimes the power of one's imagination, or the author's style and tone, is much more powerful than the visual and auditory medium of a film. There are certain stories that should stay in the written word.
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"