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Usually I babble and/or rant, though, as according to my mood at the time.
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
Nothing special in movieland, nothing like the book
Hearts in Atlantis, for an avid fan of the book version, is a disappointment. The story is weak, the script is vague. Too many details are changed for the movie version, and a lot of the more interesting aspects of the story are ignored completely. As a movie, it is sappy, boring, and completely pointless.
Maybe if I hadn't read and loved the book I could have enjoyed this movie on its own merit, as a nostalgic ramble along memory lane... A cutsie coming of age/first love story... But my favorite parts of the book were left out, other details were removed, or changed so completely as to be unrecognizable.
With the book, you have the opportunity to get to know Bobby, Carol and Sully-John, you experience a bit of each story. You become attached to them, you become attached to Ted and are involved in his tale... You find out the truth behind things...
The movie seems to be about some kids, and an old man who lives upstairs from one of them, and a single mom who is distrustful of the kindly old gentleman while trusting the men she should fear.
If you've read the book, don't bother watching the movie. If you've seen and enjoyed the movie, read the book to find out the rest of the story.