The Goldfinch (John Crowley, 2019)

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The Goldfinch (John Crowley, 2019)

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#2 Post by Brian C » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:40 pm

By sheer coincidence I read THE GOLDFINCH last week. I enjoyed it well enough, but I can scarcely imagine it turning into a good film. It's going to be awfully tough to pull a narrative out of that book that's worth making a film out of, especially if it's going to get the Oscar-bait treatment.

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Re: New Films in Production, v.2

#3 Post by Boosmahn » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:11 pm

I'm both excited and nervous for the film adaption of The Goldfinch. The book's descriptions are lavish and beautiful, so having the cinematographer of Blade Runner: 2049 and Sicario on board guarantees it will, at the very least, look good; the various art directors/set designers are experienced as well. And that's not even mentioning cast members Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Denis O'Hare, Ansel Elgort, and Jeffrey Wright!

My worries lie with the script. Adapting an 800-page book is no easy task in the first place, but the source has attracted some criticism for its later chapters. This project has the workings of a great film, but damn will it need a strong screenplay. It could either make or break the entire movie.

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Re: The Goldfinch (John Crowley, 2019)

#4 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:18 pm

I am so ready for a Luke Wilson career resurgence

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Re: The Goldfinch (John Crowley, 2019)

#5 Post by ianthemovie » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:27 pm

Count me among the critics of the book's later chapters, which devolve into a cliche-ridden Russian mobster crime story laden with pretentious pseudo-philosophical conversations. The first half was good but the second half asks the reader to buy way too many improbabilities.

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Re: The Goldfinch (John Crowley, 2019)

#6 Post by Fiery Angel » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:45 pm

The book was insufferably bloated, self-indulgent and pretentious, but there is a kernel of an interesting plot that a two-hour movie could streamline and make entertaining.

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