I just read over my review for The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and feel like I should just copy and paste it here for my review of the movie, which I dragged my dear hubby to last night. Let's pray hubs will never tire of going to books turned into movies with me!! I don't know what I'd do. I did have a friend in college who once looked at me during the TV movie of We Were The Mulvaneys based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates and said "Why does it seem that every movie you take me to see with you is a book turned into the movie and you won't shut up about the book the whole movie?" Haha, well, that was the last book turned to movie I dragged her to! Lucky for me hubby hasn't said any such thing yet. I think that's why I married him.
I had high hopes for the movie to bring in that psychic distance, tighten the plot, give the story focus and maybe dramatize it more, give "the Namesake" more meaning. It really didn't do any of these things. It's as if the screenplay followed the book to a 'T' with no adjustments whatsoever. I still enjoyed the cultural aspect of the story, felt that it was done with the detail and richness that the book portrayed it in. But the movie also lacked in a substantial plot, seemingly going nowhere throughout the movie, feeling very slow and sluggish at times, feeling as if the characters and the story were only partially developed. It was an enjoyable movie for the cultural aspect, but flat otherwise, much like the book.
The acting was decent. See it if you want to learn about the intricate and beautiful Indian culture.
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