The Clan of the Cave Bear Reviews
In such a case, characters would have to appear more emotional, narration more expansive, and perhaps more in-depth translation for hand signals. Even in this example, narrative to visual would be challenging.
Given those constraints and that the adaptation is 1986, Chapman's work isn't a bad try. Many of the negative reviews are correct in saying that the characters generally don't connect well. They did for the reader because internal dialogue made them seem more relatable. The characters in the film, on the other hand, don't exactly seem detached, but they can never seem to adequatley communicate the emotion of the original author.
Take away the time that it takes for the author to build up the crises, and the film becomes a detached retelling of a diminished plot of the novel.
Maybe someone else will try to do this again.
Aside from a decent performance from Daryl Hannah and some impressive makeup effects, this is a rather lacklustre and boring film with characters it's difficult to connect with. It tries to make some sort of point against male chauvinism, but it doesn't really work when all the characters communicate with sign language and grunts.
I guess the main point of this film was to show that even in the beginning, man treated women and anyone different like garbage? Windows from THE THING remake is a nasty douche in this, trying to put Hannah down whenever he can.
I don't know what else to say. Nothing much happens. Every few minutes a narrator comes on to tell us why things are happening, and while Hannah and Remar are very good here, it just wasn't a very interesting film.
Kudos for the early Nicole Eggert casting as a younger Hannah.