Just over a week ago, in Booklover Bites – Movie Versions of Books, I posed the following question:
Having read and loved the book One Day by David Nicholls, should I watch the movie made after the books success?
I was hesitant but I did it, I watched the movie.
What did I think?
In isolation One Day, the movie is a lovely way to spend 107 minutes on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess do a great job in the lead roles of Emma and Dexter, and the producers did manage to capture some of the humourous moments of the novel. They portrayed Anne Hathaway’s character Emma’s transformation from ugly duckling to swan quite convincingly.
BUT, the movie does not come close to shining as bright as the original book.
Watching the movie highlighted for me just how much depth and substance author David Nicholls developed in the ongoing relationship of Emma and Dexter. Some of my favourite scenes did not make the cut of the movie and others received a disappointingly small amount of air time. Only because I had read the book did I understand the significance of certain events or dialogue within the movie. I found myself continually explaining the deeper storyline and tiebacks to those watching it with me.
The movie did not make me want to laugh and cry at the same time like the book did.
So, for those that still have not read David Nicholls’ One Day, be warned. Although entertaining, the movie is a poor substitute.