Monday, September 21, 2015

Book to Movie: "I Capture the Castle" (2003)

Not too long ago, I posted my thoughts on the novel I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.  Fiona was kind enough to alert me to the movie version of the book and I was instantly curious.  I requested it from the library, and on a drizzly, cool, Sunday afternoon - I watched it.

The casting choices were perfect - and so many recognizable faces!  I was not familiar with Romola Garai who plays Cassandra, but Rose Byrne plays her sister Rose and Bill Nighy plays her father.  Not only that, but Henry Thomas is Simon, Marc Blucas is Neil and Henry Cavill is Stephen!  And they each nail their parts perfectly.

This is one movie adaptation that is very close to the book.  A few scenes were taken out, subplots were shortened or removed (like Cassandra never goes boozing with the Vicar in the movie), but the overall feel is right in line.  Some scenes even played out a bit funnier than in the book, which is always enjoyable.  If I had any complaint, it would be that the movie threw down a few too many clues as to the ending - and early on.  But to make up for that, I felt like the movie left me a bit more confident in Cassandra's choices and hopeful for her future.  Not that I wasn't before, but watching the screen and getting swept in a little music...  it just happens that way sometimes.

Fans of the book are sure to like the movie!  Thank you Fiona for the suggestion!

*****
I Capture the Castle
Directed by Tim Fywell
Sony Pictures, BBC Films
2003
1 hour 53 minutes
Rated R
*****

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