Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

Movie Review:
WOW!!! They did not hold anything back with this movie.  It was a VERY accurate representation of the book.  Now...I realize I am extremely biased when it comes to anything involving Rob Pattinson, but this movie was VERY well done.  

First of all, they couldn't have selected a better person to play Eric Packer.  Rob had the look and executed the part to perfection.  He was smart, arrogant, disturbed, irrational...everything I envision when reading about Eric. 

The scenes were as outrageous as I had perceived them to be, but they were much easier to follow on the big screen.  Without the inner dialogue all of the confusion was eliminated.  While this wasn't one of my favorite books by any means, I would definitely recommend reading it prior to watching the movie.  My husband had a number of questions while watching the movie, which only someone who had read the book would have been able to answer.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and found it to be infinitely better than the book, which is rarely the case with a book to movie. 

Book Review:
The following is a copy of the review I posted on Book Nerds back in May of 2011:

Mary and Flo had DRASTICALLY different opinions of Cosmopolis, so I posted on Book Nerds Across America that I would cast the deciding vote.  Since this is a Robert Pattinson book to movie, I was sure I would love it and was sincerely hoping to tip the scale in its favor.

Unfortunately, I felt the book was simply okay.  I can't say that I liked it nor did I hate it.  Like Flo, I tried to envision Pattinson as Eric.  That is the only thing that enabled me to persevere. 

The first issue that I had was the lack of continuity.  The book seemed like a bunch of independent scenes in a movie that never really connected until the very end.  Second, I had a hard time determining who was speaking on a number of occasions.  The dialogue between characters was often mixed with paragraphs containing Eric's thoughts, which required careful deciphering to ensure I was following things accurately.  I anticipate these issues will be resolved in the movie, which will allow me to enjoy the movie more so than the book, which is rarely the case.

The final issue that I had involves the numerous indiscretions that take place throughout the story.  I simply could not relate to what was taking place.  How can this brilliant multi-billionaire make so many irrational decisions in one day?  I just didn't get it.  Rob is really going to have his work cut out for him with this one.  Will I go see the movie....ABSOLUTELY.  I would not miss the opportunity to see some of these outrageous acts brought to life.  I just wonder how closely the movie will be able to follow the book without losing its marketability.  

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