The Circle by Dave Eggars vs The Circle (2018) – Book Review, Film Review

The Circle by Dave Eggars – Book Review

This is a world similar to ours. We have social media technology which connects us all. But what if a little is not enough? When Mae is employed by The Circle, she is over the moon. Highly paid, with an amazing campus filled with excitement and all of the best of everything, she wants to succeed. The longer she is there, the more she buys into the philosophy that the only way to live is to have your whole life on display.

I loved that the protagonist of the book buys into the whole system, and that as we, the reader, see red flags, she is swept up in the excitement of the world. We want her to fight the system, but we can also see how charismatic leaders and groupthink can influence the individual. It’s a scary world and a scary thought, but a truly wonderful read.

The Circle (2017) Film Review

It’s impossible for the entirety of a novel to be translated into a film and choices need to be made about what to leave out. This is a film I wish I’d seen before the book, because it felt like a waterer-down version of the book, and perhaps it would hold its own without the background of the book. We had to lose the overwhelmed feelings of Mae, the amount of pressure put on in this new job and for her to commit to the world of The Circle, and this meant that it lost some of the dread and suspense. It was good but just a bit weak – I’d love to have seen it as a television series, even just a three- or six-parter.

 

Little Women (2019) Film Review

I believe most people know the premise of Little Women – a mother and her four children living without their father who is fighting in the Civil War deal with the day-to-day struggles as they grow older and find their way in the world.

I probably wouldn’t have gone to see the film off my own bat, but friends suggested it and I thought ‘Why not?’. I know I did see the Winona Ryder version but I really don’t remember much of that, and I’ve never read it. I quite liked this… I mean, it’s not exactly riveting, but there are some fun moments. I quite liked the speech that Amy gives about the reason that women need to get married, but I’ve since found out that maybe this is actually a deviation from the original book. Now, I really want to read the book, and given that classics seem to be working better for me  by audiobook, perhaps it’s time to find a good version and give it a try.

Little Women was nominated for Oscars for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Saoirse Ronan), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Florence Pugh), Best Adapted Screenplay (Greta Gerwig), Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score). It was also nominated for Golden Globes for  Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Original Score.

This Is the End (2013) Film Review

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It’s a celebrity party at James Franco’s house and everyone is famous and beautiful. There’s drink and drugs and ridiculous singalongs, and what more could you want? Oh, how about The Rapture, The End of Days, Apocalypse? Yup, all the good people have been taken, yet none of the celebrities at the party have gone. And then things get nasty.

I thought this film would be pretty rubbishy, with a few laughs and a lot of groans. And it was, but it was awesome! Dumb, stupid, ridiculous, and extremely funny. Ha!

 

The Bling Ring (2013) Film Review

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A bunch of rich kids in the Hollywood discover that many rich people leave doors unlocked when they’re out. Including celebrities. If they can figure out when the celebrities are out-of-town (say, for example, on the internet when they are publicising  their publicity events) they can hang out in the celebrity houses. And steal a whole heap of stuff. Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Lindsay Lohan and (repeatedly) Paris Hilton. And then they get caught.

It’s based on a true story, and it’s a pretty interesting tale but it’s not such an interesting film. It’s not bad, there’s just not a lot to it. There are only so many shots of wealthy looking teenagers trying on stuff and being stunned by the mansions of the rich and famous that I could bear. It’s shown at the start that they will get caught, but once they are finally caught, there’s not much on the consequences. I’m not sure if that would have made a different, but perhaps.