To make a great movie, you need to have an even better script.
So when I heard the premise for Silver Linings Playbook, and the release date of the DVD being a few weeks away (at the time), I set out to read the book behind the movie.
And it was great. A great read. A great story line. And some great characters.
So when I acquired the DVD last week, I was excited to watch it, especially with all the award nominations and wins that the movie had received.
Boy was I disappointed.
It was an okay movie.
But they removed some of the key story lines.
In the book, his father won't talk to him when he comes back from Baltimore...yet in the movie, hes all friendly the minute he walks in the door...even go so far as to hug him (which in the book, Pat wouldn't let anyone touch him without cringing, let alone hug him (at first)).
The whole story of Nikki was completely changed for the movie, including the revelations of important memories of why he was sent to the facility in Baltimore.
And don't even get me started on the parking lot fight now being with a fellow Eagles fan. Or the bringing in of Danny throughout the movie (just so Chris Tucker can get more lines, that don't exist anywhere in the book).
If you watched SLP and liked the movie, go out and read the book. You won't be disappointed.