At first, you get so excited, because you get a chance to see that book be brought to life through live-action on the big screen!
With excitement also comes apprehension. Now is the point where you begin to worry, and start to question everything.
Will the movie live up to the book?
Well, will it?
Now, you’re hit with the dreaded “what ifs”:
What if the casting isn’t how I pictured it in my head?
What if my favorite scenes get cut out of the movie?
What if they take too many liberties with the plot?
This then leads to you stalking IMDb updates 24/7, in hopes of being reassured that the movie studios get it right…But if we’re being perfectly honest with ourselves, this normally only leads us down the path to shattered hopes and dreams. *SIGH*
We’ve all been there.
Book-to-movie adaptations can either be amazing (here’s lookin’ at you, Lord of the Rings), or can be absolute abominations (*glares at the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones*). Well fear not, I’m here to help you get through it, and to point you in the right direction. Why? Cause I’m your friend, and friends don’t let friends lose brain cells while watching terrible movies.
It’s time to ease your mind as I attempt to take the guesswork out of the age-old question:
Theater, or Redbox?
So in other words, I’m a slacker. I should’ve had this review up ages ago. OOPS.
However, since The Duff will be hitting theaters tomorrow, I thought I’d quickly share with you my thoughts on the movie.
Disclaimer: If you have read this book, you’ll need to know that the movie is NOT like the book. There were MANY liberties taken. That being said, I think that the overall message/theme at the heart of the story is evident in the movie. Overall, I think this was a VERY entertaining movie, filled with the humor and “mature theme” that you experienced in the book.
**ALSO, please keep in mind that this is VERY PG-13. There’s plenty of mature language & suggestive scenes that would could be cringe-worthy for the younger crowd. **
Now, lemme break down my feeeels.
Bianca & Wes
As you may know, the book is told from Bianca’s POV. So I was very interested in who would be portraying her on screen. Mae Whitman was THE PERFECT Bianca. Srsly.
She completely embodied the sarcastic, unapologetic, and foul-mouthed heroine that we come to know and love in the book. Her performance was electric. She was so incredibly funny, and she commanded every scene she was in.
Now lemme tell you about Wes aka Robbie Amell. *swoon*
Robbie, he uh…what was I saying?
I lost my train of thought. But does he look familiar? Oh, that’s cause his older cousin is also a pretty well known actor…
That would be Stephen Amell aka ARROW.
To be in an Amell sandwich…
But, despite the obvious eyegasm that is Robbie Amell, he was a perfect Wes. Cocky, visually appealing (duh), and compliments Mae on screen in every way. He was also hilarious, and crass, and you know mama likes that. They had great chemistry, too.
Here are some fun clips of them together:
Here’s a clip from one of my favorite scenes, in which Wes gives Bianca dating advice. My favorite part (where I was laughing out loud in my seat) happens AFTER the end of this clip. Unfortunately, they don’t show it here– but when you go to the theater to see this, you’ll know why I love this scene so much.
That’s right. In case you didn’t know, he’s all up in this movie.
Ken Jeong plays the role of Mr. Arthur, Bianca’s mentor who encourages her to write about High School experiences. And yes, he’s just as hilarious as you expect him to be. I loved his scenes with Mae; he was the perfect embodiment of that uncool teacher who tries too hard, but you love them anyways.
Here’s a clip of him in the movie:
Believe it or not, he wasn’t the funniest thing in the movie, but I enjoyed anytime he got a scene.
Ok, this is where things get a little tricky. Remember what I said in the disclaimer? Yeah, this movie was VERY different from the book. BUT, I REALLY liked it. I liked it a lot. Want to know what was different? Click the spoiler–>View Spoiler »-In the movie, Bianca and Wes are next-door neighbors (as opposed to high school rivals/acquaintances like in the book). They’ve known each other their whole lives, so they already have a bit of a rapport. -In the movie, Bianca lives with her Mom (played by the FABULOUS Allison Janney) instead of her dad, as it is in the book. (In the movie, her Dad is the deadbeat, not the other way around.) -Bianca’s friends are different too– not just in appearance, but also in personality. « Hide Spoiler
This movie really focused on cyberbullying, which is very relevant to today’s youth. I completely understand the purpose behind the changes that were made, and I commend them for it. If you read the book, you’ll see that there are some new characters that are in the movie that are not in the book, but they serve their purpose. Just stick with it, and it will all make sense. :)
Some of the casting choices I didn’t agree with (Bella Thorne– awful acting), but for the most part, I loved it all through and through. There were some “funny” moments that fell flat for me, but in the end, I could barely recall the “meh” moments.
This movie is a movie that everyone over the age of 13 will enjoy. It’s relatable, relevant, and incredibly entertaining. Since it’s so different from the book, I know that the “purists” may not be as keen on it, but I definitely think it’s worth a try. I for one both LOVED the book, and ADORED the movie, despite the fact that it was different. I can’t wait to go see this again, and I plan to own it on Bluray when it comes out!
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