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Breakfast of Champions (1999)
A Miserable Adaptation
Compared to many of Vonnegut's other books, I believe Breakfast of Champions would of been the obvious choice for a movie adaptation. The novel gave a very basic story, easy to follow (if many of the authors thoughts were cut out), with spots for great visuals and wonderfully developed characters. So what EXACTLY was Alan Rudolph thinking when he made this film?! He completely butchered Vonnegut's story, turning it into an unwatchable piece of junk, completely devoid of all it's original meaning... I could name the problems with the script, but there are far too many...
But I have to say, the very worst thing about this film was casting Albert Finney as Kilgore Trout. I have nothing against Finney, but there was no possible way of him portraying Trout the way the character was written... in fact, I think the only man who could really play Trout perfectly would be Vonnegut himself. But Finney was way off.
Though the film did have one or two good points, for example, Willis as Dwayne Hoover, and his interactions with Nolte as Le Sabre, overall this movie was an incredible disappointment to the novel and should have been much better.
I loved it, minus the snot dripping out of Glover's nose
Walking into the theater to see Willard, I reccommend you have an open mind. I myself formed no opinions of the movie beforehand, and I must admit I enjoyed it extremely. From the dark opening animation during the opening credits to the ending credits, watching Crispin Glover and his group of CGI rats prance around the screen thrilled me. The movie is quite humorous if you don't take it to seriously and extremely creepy. It is well acted, with Glover's hilarious child-like screeching when he is upset, and terrifying, with the huge mass of rats everywhere. Overall, I believe it is extremely underrated and I loved it, minus the snot dripping out of Glover's nose. 9/10.