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Old 03-25-2009, 02:44 PM
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I think the books are always better than the movie. It doesn't matter if the movie was based on the book or if the book is the novelization of a movie. There are wayyyy more details in books. I read "The DaVinci Code" before the movie hit theaters. I was VERY disappointed by the movie. I've already read "Angels and Demons" so I'll wait till it's on dvd before I watch the movie.
I did a similar thing. I read The DaVinci Code a couple of weeks before seeing the film and I believe that was a mistake. I should've waited.
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Can someone straighten something out for me? Are we talking about a novelization of Trek XI, or of Countdown?
The novelization.
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I think Angels and Demons will be a better film - DaVinci Code had all the hype, but it was actually a weaker book.
Really? I liked the DaVini code better than Angels and Demons.

Do you remember the run time for the DaVinci Code movie? I walked away from that thinking that if they had put at least another 30-45 minutes into the film, then they could have done a better job staying accurate to the book. It's NOT like 3 hour movies are no longer acceptable.
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Really? I liked the DaVini code better than Angels and Demons.

Do you remember the run time for the DaVinci Code movie? I walked away from that thinking that if they had put at least another 30-45 minutes into the film, then they could have done a better job staying accurate to the book. It's NOT like 3 hour movies are no longer acceptable.
I thought Angels and Demons was much better.

My problem with the film version wasn't the runtime, it was the mystery of how Ron Howard/Akiva Goldsman could direct and write a film that took a fast-paced twisty book and turn it into a slow, lumbering film where even the 'action' parts were unbearably slow. And it took itself too seriously. I think it needed a shorter run time myself, or a director who knows how to pace a popcorn action film - which I've never been of the opinion Howard can do.

If they fix those problems, then A&D should be far better, IMO only!
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I have never read or seen a Harry Potter book/film. My wife wants to rent them and watch them all together. I always read the Star Trek books after the movies. I remember when Star Trek IV came out, on the way home from work, (i had a 30 mile drive) I stopped at a drug store and saw the Starlouge "official movie magazine" and bought it. On my trip home, I glanced at it, then read it. It destroyed my night The movie mag was very informative, in telling the entire story. I haven't done that again. I idid love theh novels for all the films from 1-6. I don't remember ever reading 7-10. I guess I will check them out sometimes. The best I remember, Star Trek V was almost word for word with the movie. 1,2&3 had some great back story with Carol Marcus and all the people at Regula One.
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I thought Angels and Demons was much better.

My problem with the film version wasn't the runtime, it was the mystery of how Ron Howard/Akiva Goldsman could direct and write a film that took a fast-paced twisty book and turn it into a slow, lumbering film where even the 'action' parts were unbearably slow. And it took itself too seriously. I think it needed a shorter run time myself, or a director who knows how to pace a popcorn action film - which I've never been of the opinion Howard can do.

If they fix those problems, then A&D should be far better, IMO only!
I just thought HUGE parts of the book were left out. I felt many things should have been added to the movie from the book. That's why I felt the movie was too short.
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I just thought HUGE parts of the book were left out. I felt many things should have been added to the movie from the book. That's why I felt the movie was too short.
The whole thing was botched, no doubt, but I'm not sure making it longer would have helped. If they could have structured it differently and incorporated more of the flashbacks etc it might have made the ending more like the book.
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I think Angels and Demons will be a better film - DaVinci Code had all the hype, but it was actually a weaker book.

Yes murder the Pope and then nuke the Vatican - its all in Angels and Demons!
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Yes murder the Pope and then nuke the Vatican - its all in Angels and Demons!
Well, in the middle ages - the 14th/15th Centurys was not a Pope or two murdered along the way?
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I don't think you need to go as far back as the middle ages. It is widely suspected that Pope John Paul I was murdered just 32/33 days into his reign.
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