Based on the book of the same title by Audrey Niffenegger, this film was a disappointment. It’s about a man named Henry who travels back and forth through time, which causes problems when he falls in love with Clare and sporadically disappears.
It is not easy to portray all that happens in the book. Much of the main characters’ back story is left out, as is their depth and complexity. Also, the film is confusing in its efforts to show time travel.
The Golden Compass
“The Golden Compass” is a fantasy novel in Phillip Pullman’s trilogy, “His Dark Materials.” It’s about a little girl who embarks on a magical journey. Pullman’s story has been celebrated for his treatment of religion.
The film version dropped the story’s religious elements in a way that made the plot to murder God offend everyone. The book is a complex look at Catholicism. It's about a girl saving children from having their souls ripped out, but the movie didn’t really get to that. Trying not to be controversial, “The Golden Compass” flopped, missing on the chance to become a lucrative fantasy franchise.
George Orwell’s seminal novel “Animal Farm” was made into an animated movie by Disney in the 50s. What could go wrong?
Reddit claims the CIA helped finance a pro-American telling, and “The Guardian” confirms. According to the British publication, the CIA was using tax-payer money to spread anti-communist propaganda. It ruined the movie by mutilating Orwell’s message, which is that everyone is corrupt. The Guardian wrote that to satisfy the CIA’s objectives; the ending was changed to show that only the pigs had become corrupt.
The Perfect Catch
“The Perfect Catch” is an adaptation of British author Nick Hornby’s “Fever Pitch,” a 1992 memoir about his lifelong obsession with London’s Arsenal soccer team. Since soccer would not register with American moviegoers, “The Perfect Catch” is about one man’s (Jimmy Fallon) obsession with the Red Sox.
Relocating the story from London to Boston worked for viewers on this side of the pond, but UK fans of “Fever Pitch” didn’t connect with the Farrelly Brothers’ rom-com. The always adorable Drew Barrymore as (Fallon’s) love interest helped, but her performance lacked pizzazz. It also felt like the couple had no chemistry.
House Of The Dead
“House of the Dead” is a college movie meets blood-feasting zombies movie. It’s supposed to be terrifying and fun, just like “House of the Dead,” one of the most popular video games of all time.
Time magazine listed “House of the Dead” on their “Top Ten Worst Video Game Movies of All-Time,” which is hard to achieve because most of them are truly terrible. It was just another B-movie with a run-of-the-mill storyline. And, finally, it registered only 3% on the Tomatometer.