I missed last Thursday (clock), and I’m late this week. Apologies to the other TT bloggers.
I’ve read the book, and seen the movie, and this is one of those cases where a movie adaptation has a pretty major departure from the book that foundationally changes the message you get when you walk away from the art itself. Some critics of the movie really don’t like the difference; the message in the book is certainly more complex and darker than what you get from watching the movie.
However, I think this is one of those times when the two products are of equal merit. The movie is obviously over-the-top “feel good”; but it’s designed for a completely different audience than the book, so I don’t think of this as a detraction. It’s just different.
Have you guessed yet how this ties into the theme for this week?
Almost at the very end of the movie is the scene that marks the departure from the novel. In the book, Hobbs throws the game, throws away the payoff as a gesture, ruins his career, and breaks down on the last pages. In the movie, this happens:
… and then the movie wraps up with sweetness and light. It’s a fluffy ending, absolutely… but so’s the ending of “Rudy”.
There’s two swings in this clip, the swing that breaks Wonder Boy (the first bat), and the swing that brings on the stirring part of the Randy Newman soundtrack. I leave it to the reader to decide which is more significant, in the frame of the movie.
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And here’s a handy clip germane to last week’s Theme Thursday, almost as if I planned it this way:
My favorite part in this scene is the old man, giving the hand sign after the hit. I don’t know who that extra was, or if the guy was a professional actor, but he stole that scene.