Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Title: It's Kind of a Funny Story
Director: Adam Boden, Ryan Fleck
Writer: Adam Boden and Ryan Fleck (Screenplay), Ned Vizzini (novel)
Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Roberts
Grade: 95% or A

My Thoughts::
I read the book that this movie is based on before I even started this blog. It was also during a time when I would check out 7 books from the library at the time. This was a hard time because there were many instances when I wanted to keep the book so I could look at it and read it whenever I wanted to. Thankfully, I got some more of this delightful book by seeing the movie.

The actor chosen to play Craig was spot on. It is a rare moment when I can see an actor and automatically think "hmm that looks like Craig from It's Kind of a Funny Story", but he DOES. He is just as I imagined him to be. In fact, most of the characters looked pretty close to how I imagined them to be. The acting was also incredible. I have no clue how they could surround the main character, who is pretty much unknown as an actor, with some great celebrities without overshadowing him. He shined, he really do. I was so pleased with his performance...and his lips.

I especially enjoyed the short scenes from his past. While some say it distracts from the story, I say it adds to it. You get that little extra perspective. The Under Pressure musical sequence was even better. I even look up the clip on youtube so that I could watch it over and over again. I'm also really glad that they kept Craig's brain maps in the movie, I don't think I would have forgave them if they didn't.

Overall I think that though the movie and book didn't match up very well, the movie was good on it's own. The actors were chosen perfectfully, and the little extras they added in were great. I would recommend this movie to anyone who read the book, or anyone who enjoys movies about teen problems or mental hospitals.

1 comment:

Emily said...

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't know there was a book of this, but I've seen the movie and loved it! Thanks for the review, now I'll go read the book~ Thanks a million!