I just finished reading this. Okay, I just finished listening to the book on tape read by Ethan Hawke. (I'm trying to become the smartest man in the world by reading and watching everything. To do that, you needt o make certain concessions.) Now, I'm not one to compare the book and the movie, but I loooooovvvveeed the book, so...
Apparently, Kurt Vonnegut really loved the film adaptation. I can see why. Even though he fought the movie during the production of it, he turned around once he saw the film. It's, for the most part, pretty faithful to the book. A lot of events are taken out or glossed over and theres a lot of amalgamized sequences just for time and pacing, but it's pretty faithful overall. That's great and all, but the visuals don't really match the descriptions. Vonnegut is an extremely adept writer and screams so much more with his words that really isn't picked up in this filmed. The clip-klop of Billy's broken boot never really gets at all translated in the film.
Also, the Tralfamadorians. Now, I know Vonnegut made them view the fourth dimension, but existing entirely in the fourth dimension seems like a cop-out. I acknowledge that we shouldn't have seen the Tralfamadorians because it would have been tacky, so I guess he's just stuck in a Catch-22! *giggle*
But this movie did present a lot of great moments. It's was great to see Miss Tessmacher as Dakota Wildhack. Even more so the fact that she was naked. Cross off that curiosity from my list. The main concern was the kid who played Billy. He wasn't incopetant by any means. But he was too normal of a person. Billy had something surreal going on with him. Where was the red beard and the almost unnatural confusion about reality? Billy, in this case, played a common man who simply dealed with the cards he was dealt rather than having a unique understanding of the universe due to him becoming unstuck in time.
Also, I feel like I have to bring up the firebombing of Dresden. After all, that's what this story is about. The movie really focuses on Billy's internment in Dresden more so than the book does. Billy keeps jumping to his entire lifetime in the book. Dresden really does take front and center of this storyline. But I do like that. It really does carry over Vonnegut's message, so whatever was avoided at least kept the theme of the movie.
I did like it. I just can't help but compare this one because the book is so good.