Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
This is funny, because I was having this exact conversation yesterday with a friend over Skype, and we both agreed that John Grisham novels, when made into films, are done rather well.
There are some pretty significant changes from the book to the film, but nothing important is left out, and no added plot lines that have little purpose to the rest of the film. A Time to Kill is one of my favourite films. I have a pronounced love of Kevin Spacey (my favourite film is The Life of David Gale, which, if you haven’t seen, you definitely should) and of Kiefer Sutherland, so having a film with both of them in is a rare and wonderful occasion for me.
I love this book (and film) because it deals with a very emotionally charged case, one which we can get behind and root for. Yes, Carl Lee Hailey killed two men, but those two men raped and tried to kill his daughter. Even though we know, as law abiding citizens, that revenge killing is not the way to go about it, we can certainly understand it.
I’m often disappointed by movie adaptations of books, but certainly not this one.