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Satisfying adaptation of the book
This movie is the adaptation of my favorite book when I was in high school. The book was really intense and involving. It was a book about a guy David, who was witnessing how his overweight classmate is constantly bullied by three classmates. David wants to help the victim, but just as his other classmates they are afraid they will receive the same treatment from the bullies. I was always waiting for when they would make a movie about this book. So I was really happy and curious when this became a fact this year.
I'm satisfied with the final result. The acting is solid. More often than not, this is over-the-top in Dutch movies. I like how they developed the character of the major bully. The side-stories from the book are toned down, so the focus stays on the bullying. This resulted also in some deviations from the book, but they didn't bother me. The major storyline keeps you focused.
There are some flaws though. The movie starts a bit slow. The movie really picks up in the final act, after a dramatic event. Furthermore, I suspect that some changes are made compared to the book just for the sake of including some actors in the movie, like Voice Kids winner Fabienne Bergmans. Also, the bullying sometimes seems a bit unrealistic, since the victim is a pretty large guy, who could easily overpower his bullies.
Even so, the result is still a decent movie. The movie meets its goals. It appeals to its audience and delivers awareness around bullying. The movie is actually part of campaign against bullying. I recommend this movie to fans of the book and to people who have not read the book as well.