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nowhere as good as the book
maybe i was expecting to much. although, i doubt it. i was worrying that the book wouldn't make a very good film, but knowing fight club, i still had high hopes.
then when the movie finally came out, it left me immensely disappointed. in only ~90 minutes they tried to cover a book so complex and funny and it resulted in a mediocre dark comedy, that only people who didn't read the book will be able to enjoy.
if you read the book, you will always be disappointed. it is nowhere near as entertaining and gripping. DON'T WATCH THIS! if you have not read the book, do it. and also DO NOT WATCH THIS! if you have not read the book and can't be bothered to, just step away from this altogether and wait for another of chuck's books to be made into a film instead. yet again: DO NOT WATCH THIS!
Quite disappointing and boring, although watchable if you're into this kind of movies
I had prepared for a nice evening with football/hooliganism themed movies and "awaydays" was one of them. I was looking forward to it and during the beginning of the film I really liked what I saw but then I missed something. Carty doesn't really go anywhere or do anything in my opinion. In between the fights he spends time with Elvis, gets annoyed by him and leaves only to return a couple of days later. This pattern repeats throughout the film and you can see Elvis falling in love with Carty and eventually committing suicide coming from a mile away. Knowing how the film ends doesn't really add to the excitement and so it just drags on. Same for the part with his sister getting beaten up or raped and him avenging her. Also there barely is any character development. Carty is pretty simple for a main character and his sister goes through more change than him. Most guys in the Pack don't have even have any form of character to speak of. They're just there and occasionally punch and kick guys twice their age in the face.
This may not be a very deep analysis but I just got bored by a film that I had been excited to see. The music although sometimes misused is very good and I also liked the overall style of the film. With a little more happening and a bit less predictability it might have been a very good movie. But it ended up as quite boring, especially if you expect to see a take on British hooligans in the 70s/80s from a young lad's perspective. I think I don't even have to mention the lack of realism (the murder of Godden and the fights always ending as if the Pack was fighting pre school kids).