Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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I watched the movie after reading the book. The movie was astonishingly faithful to the book -- apart from making the central character Dutch instead of English, apparently to accommodate Lorre's accent -- but for some reason the book simply didn't translate to the screen. Perhaps it's because Lorre was miscast? The interplay between Lorre and Greenstreet is the primary strength of the movie. But Lorre didn't come off as the naive mystery writer plunged by obsession into a seamy underworld; he seemed as though it was his natural milieu. Maybe that's the difficulty of typecasting.