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The Goldfinch (2019) ~ Oakes Fegley
05. Oct 2019 at 19:29
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Based on the Pulitzer-bait tome from Donna Tart, a film about a boy whose mother dies in a terrorist attack at the Met. Starring Oakes Fegley, also notable is the romance between Oakes' character and his friend portrayed by F. Wolfhard, who share a kiss in the trailer.

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Re: The Goldfinch (2019) ~ Oakes Fegley
Reply #1 - 05. Oct 2019 at 19:46
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It seems the reveiws of this movie were not good. 
I'm getting the book to read before seeing the movie.
  
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Re: The Goldfinch (2019) ~ Oakes Fegley
Reply #2 - 06. Oct 2019 at 09:56
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hosenhaus wrote on 05. Oct 2019 at 19:46:
It seems the reveiws of this movie were not good.
I'm getting the book to read before seeing the movie.


Now this is an interesting question. When a movie is based on a book, should one read the book first, or watch the movie first?

I read Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game before viewing the movie, and I found the movie somewhat disappointing because of it. It occurred to me at the time that I can never now have the experience of viewing the film having not read the novel, and I think I would have enjoyed the movie more if I had watched it without all the extra knowledge that the novel supplies, and which must inevitably be omitted in a film.

In the case of "The Goldfinch" the bad reviews seem to be from reviewers familiar with the novel. I think familiarity with the novel detracts from one's ability to view the film as a artistic work in its own right, which needs to be judged on its own merits. After all, a film is a very different artistic medium to a novel.

So nowadays I think it better to just watch the movie, and then to only go on to read the novel if one finds the movie particularly personally meaningful and wants to explore its themes in greater depth, but otherwise not to bother.
  
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Re: The Goldfinch (2019) ~ Oakes Fegley
Reply #3 - 06. Oct 2019 at 13:38
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I will try to watch this Movie and make my own Opinion if it is a good Movie, or not.
  
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Reply #4 - 06. Oct 2019 at 14:46
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I was surprised to see that after 3 weekends, there's now only one or two theaters playing this in a 50 mile radius. I planned to go this weekend but not worth the commute.

The novel is something like 700+ pages and probably meant to be read over the course of months, hard to pack  everything into a 2hr film. At any rate, I'm sure that soon enough there will be many copies of the DVD on the library shelves.
  
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Reply #5 - 16. Nov 2019 at 20:15
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nightwatcher wrote on 06. Oct 2019 at 14:46:
The novel is something like 700+ pages and probably meant to be read over the course of months, hard to pack  everything into a 2hr film.



Book: 780 pages.  Movie 2.5 hours.

I finished the book.  How can they fit all that in 2.5 hours?  My guess: by leaving most of it out, choosing only one story line.

I'm guessing that means they leave out the stuff of interest to us here:  What can two boys get up to in Las Vegas with no parental supervision?  In the movie, boys probably wear far more clothing than in the book.  Half the book is teen-age Theo, the other half is adult Theo--I wonder what the proportion is in the movie.

DVD comes out December 3, so I guess I will find out then.

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Re: The Goldfinch (2019) ~ Oakes Fegley
Reply #6 - 30. Nov 2019 at 21:47
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Smiley Very good movie ! Oakes FEGLEY have a very good play !
  
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Reply #7 - 16. Jan 2020 at 19:48
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The movie did a good job, I think, of covering the book.  Of course a lot (a lot!) had to be left out to fit into 2 1/2 hours.  But I like how it was done.

One of the reviews of the movie was essentially a list of all the loose ends in the movie.  I read the book first, so they did not annoy me so much.

There is probably 90 minutes of Oakes Fegley (as young Theo), the rest with adult Theo.  It is not in chronological order, but we can tell what is happening when anyway.

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Reply #8 - 01. Jun 2020 at 02:43
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You can now watch the film for free on Prime Video.
  
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Reply #9 - 04. Jun 2020 at 02:48
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I liked the first half with Oakes...As much as I wanted to like the second half it felt amazingly flat...
  
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