Monday, November 24, 2008

Thoughts on the Movie House

I read and enjoyed Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti's book, House, but was unsure of what to think of a film version. Generally, books like House require a bigger budget than this film was given to produce believable special effects and find good acting.

I went to see it anyway, however. And for the most part, my suspicions were confirmed. It was clear the film suffered from a low budget. The acting was poor and jerking around the camera a bunch is not quite the same as believable special effects. I also thought there were some flaws in the narration...even though I had read the book I was confused a few times as to what was happening.

Having said that, I was profoundly touched by one very effective scene. SPOILER ALERT As Jack is coming to terms with his biggest secret, we see him typing away and ignoring his daughter when she asks him to come out with her so she can skate on the pond. She goes with her mother and as her mother chats on the phone with a friend. Their daughter falls through the ice. As this scene unfolds, Jack is still typing away, ever more furiously, and pages upon pages are coming out of the printer. The music swells in sorrow (of course). The whole scene just ached with regret and loss and was very well done in my opinion. END OF SPOILER

So, if you enjoyed the book, you might still want to check out the movie on DVD. (It's already left our movie theater.) Did anyone else see it or read the book?


Robin M said...

I read the book a couple years back. I was totally riveted by the story, biting my nails most of the time. I haven't seen the movie, I had hoped the movie would do the book justice. I can't stand the jerky camera thing. Makes me dizzy and I can't follow the story.

Ted Dekker's Thr3e was made into a good movie. Dark and scary. Even thought I read the book and knew what was going to happen, it was a heart pounding movie.

Love both peretti and dekker. I wish peretti would come out with a new novel.

Have a good day!

Robin of mytwoblessings

Anonymous said...

I really dislike a movie of a book that does not live up to the quality of the book. When I read Shogun I was spellbound for 28 hours straight with no sleep or food. I could not stop reading for nothing. It was that intense of an experience. The movie was OK, but a yawner by comparison.

The Bookworm said...

I havent heard of this book or film before. Its dissapointing when a film doesnt live up to a book though.

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