My Side of the Mountain Reviews
Sometimes I think about this movie at night, and I have to bite my pillow to keep from screaming in horror.
I first encountered [i]My Side of the Mountain[/i] when Mrs. Razum, my fourth grade teacher, read it aloud to us after lunch. I first became aware that there was a movie version when I acquired a movie cover copy.
As Graham puts it, I won't be collecting this one.
It's not exactly that it's a bad adaptation, although several major plot points are altered and several characters are left out entirely. (Also, it's been shifted in location from the Catskills to Canada; in the book, Sam is from Manhattan, but the movie Sam is from Toronto.) However, it's not good enough to make me want to watch it again. It's just close enough to be irritating, because there are so many little things that are wrong.
For example, Movie Sam takes a raccoon with him when he leaves home. Book Sam does not; where in an overcrowded Manhattan apartment would he keep it? What's more, Movie Sam's raccoon is named Gus, and Book Sam's befriended wild raccoon is Jesse James. That's more than a little different. Movie Sam is experimenting on algae and completely neglects Book Sam's acorn flour for noxious algae concoctions that not even he likes.
Oh, yeah--and the endings are completely different. I hate when that happens.