My Sister’s Keeper
I am not a lover of books. This has frustrated every English teacher I have ever encountered, but generally I’ll always choose a film over a book. Reading is just something that I don’t really get on with, which is why movie adaptations of bestsellers ususally catch my attention. Of course, most bookworms are utterly horrified by the notion, and not without good reason. Adaptations have to abridge and contract in order to translate to the screen and in doing so a lot of the author’s original intentions can be lost. There are those who get it just right though (trying very hard not to mention Lord of the Rings yet again here.)
Why am I telling you this? My Sister’s Keeper is one of the few books that I truly love. It was suggested to me by a school librarian and while I started reading it somewhat skeptically I was almost instantly hooked. So, when I heard they were making a movie, my first thought wasn’t good. The novel itself is written from the perspective of the 6 protagonists, each chapter changing voice, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to translate to sceen. Also, the subject matter is quite easy to turn into a Hollywood sob story full of schamltz and everyone telling eachother how much they love one another, making me more than slightly uneasy.
I tracked down the trailer (below for your viewing pleasure) and I’m still reserving judgement. It may be that the movie lives up to the novel perfectly and all my fears are unjustified, but Cameron Diaz is already causing me problems. And Alec Baldwin as Campbell (who’s meant to be in his early 30s max) is just wrong.
I hope I get proved wrong; as the novel really is good and the potential is there for a really good movie. Unfortunately its all to easy to turn this into another girlie weepy which totally misses the point. I guess I’ll have to see. Chances are I wont be rushing to the cinema for this one, so if you see it and it turns out OK, let me know. Out 26th June.
I re-read the book yesterday. I’m still not happy with Alec Baldwin playing a 33 year old lawyer, but I realised that this movie, like the book, entirely centres on Anna and Kate, the two sisters. They are being played by Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassileva, who don’t have much to their names and so I guess have a lot to prove. Breslin in particular has a big task ahead of her, but I’m hoping she can pull it off. Something tells me she can. I guess we’ll see.
Oh God. It got worse