joerules wrote:Crying comes up so much though, it needs to be more than just a lost little kid. Or am I desperate for metaphors? Thoughts?
The thing is, Davy is
a kid; especially by page 63, when all he's done is run away from home and (maybe) rob the bank. (It's been a while since I've read the book; my timeline may be off). He does grow a bit throughout the story, but but for a while there, he's an emotional kid.
Having said that...
I really loved the book. I read it for the first time in the eight or ninth grade (eight or nine years ago, coincidentally), and five or six times after that. So yeah, I liked it. Well written, well thought out, Stephen Gould has a way of pulling you into the story with sheer descriptions that create the illusion that he's not really writing a sci-fi story, he's just telling you about this funny kid he knew.
Which was why I was so pissed when I saw the first trailers for the movie. Paladins?
What? Some mangy kid with a funny Irish accent? Jumping whole cars
They're ruining my book! How dare they!
Then, I calmed down a bit.
For one thing, Doug Liman is directing the picture. I liked the Bourne Identity book, but I actually liked the movie better (having read the book after
watching the movie, which is not the case here); that alone is worth a bit of patience. But they also have David Goyer writing it, the mind behind Batman Begins, another movie I really liked.
I think I'm going to go into this movie expecting nothing but to be entertained. Faithful to the book or not (and I can see why they'd have to "spice it up" a bit for the lowest common denominators), these are two moviemakers who've proven they know how to make a good movie.
Now, having said that
The whole idea
of Jumping fascinates me to a ridiculous degree. Being able to go anywhere you want at any time is such a simple, yet fantastic idea, and I love how Gould pulled it off. Even if the movie's nothing
like the book, I'll probably enjoy it, because I enjoy the What If...? aspect of movies like these. Even if the movie itself is no good, I'll walk out having enjoyed it (like The Day After Tomorrow, which I apparently enjoyed more than most people), because of that sense of the fantastic it will have inspired. I like seeing where people take such possibilities, and I hope they make a dozen sequels, a half-dozen tv miniseries (like Battlestar Galactica first was, before it became about existentialist windbags), and a comic book series that lasts until I'm old and gray.