Tuesday, November 22, 2005

'Tis the Season for Snow and Bees

Lots of the books the EBC reviews have been made into movies. I might even say almost half of them. Seabiscuit, Lolita, Club Dumas, The Bell Jar, The Joy Luck Club, Like Water for Chocolate, The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451, Girl with a Pearl Earring, In Cold Blood, and most recently, All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren and Bee Season by Myla Goldburg.

So Bee Season, the movie is playing now in theatre everywhere (except in Huntsville and its surrounding areas where they prefer to play "The Fog" and "The Exorcism of Emily Rose") and is starring Richard Gere as Saul and Juliette Binoche as the memorable character of Miriam, the mother. Reviews are good so far, and from their tone suggest fans of the book would enjoy seeing this movie.

One reviewer from IMDb.com:
"A mesmerizing tour de force: don't miss it!, 12 September 2005
Author: filmfan75 from United States
I saw this film last night at the Toronto Film Festival. I am a fan of the book, and wondered how the story could be successfully adapted as a film. I worried that the ideas were too complicated, the characters too subtle, to make the transition. When I heard that Richard Gere was going to play the role of the father, I had more serious doubts. (Richard Gere playing a Jew? Almost as ridiculous as Melanie Griffith!) But I needn't have worried. The film is nearly a masterpiece. A subtle, emotional journey through a world of spelling bees, Hare Krishna, Kaballah, Kleptomania, and the gorgeously rendered interior spaces of the imagination. Beautiful, original special effects, delightful characters, great acting. The girl who plays the daughter is excellent, as are the other actors. Juliette Binoche is heartbreaking and mysterious, Richard Gere is perfectly cast as the self-absorbed (Jewish!) father, and Anthony Minghella's son is also in the movie, believe it or not, and he's very good. There are changes from the book. But the overall feeling is very similar. The movie is neither as funny or as dark as Myla Goldberg's novel. But the end might be more emotionally satisfying. See for yourself! You won't be disappointed if you approach with an open mind. Not for the cynical, or for the action film junkie, but I found this a delightful, rich, and emotional journey. Definitely a 10! Put it on the Oscar watch. "

Will you see it?


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