Though I initially balked at the casting choices made for both Gene and Finny, as the movie progressed, they began to fall into their roles and ended up filling them out nicely. Sure, a lot of nuance was lost, but a first-person novel is difficult to translate onto the screen. Nonetheless, the environment and mood were there, which are two of the things that made the book so memorable. In the end, it was thought-provoking and heartbreaking, as it was supposed to be.
Still, the book was better.