I haven’t completed reading the whole series yet but I did read the first book and I loved it. I had heard that the movie didn’t live up to the book and was just so wrong but had to see it for myself anyway. Now that I have watched it all the way through I really wished that I hadn’t because even if I want to go back and read the series how do I erase what I just saw from my mind.
First, I think the thing that I couldn’t get over the most was how quickly everything moved. Like I understand that it’s a movie so things can’t take as long as they do in books but the pace really changed everything. I felt that things were very rushed and there was no time to get to know any of the characters. The relationship between Hardin and Tessa felt rushed and the rest of the relationships seemed surface level or not even there. I think the book did a great job of letting us know these characters and making us feel for them but in this movie I didn’t care about what happened to any of them.
Another big thing that I couldn’t just by pass was Hardin’s personality and attitude with everyone not just Tessa. Hardin is an ass-hole in the book, it is the main reason why I like him and find the book so intriguing. Yes I know that the majority of their relationship is abusive and wrong but there’s something about it that makes me read more. The movie takes away so much of that and Hardin just seems like an awkward boy but nothing about him is scary, or harsh. Like at least make it believable that he isn’t just like the other guys Tessa interacts with.
There was so much more but I don’t want to write pages about this and go on for hours. I will probably watch the next movie though because I have to keep seeing how much worst it can get.
If you watched the movie without reading the books let me know your thoughts. Even better, if you read the books and then watched the movie lets talk.
I had the chance to see The Sun is Also a Star for free as an advanced screening through Warner Brothers so I decided to give it a try since I recently read the book. I took my mom with me to see what someone else’s opinion of the movie would be without prior book knowledge and we both walked away with differing opinions. Now before I begin I want to say that this movie would have been good if I had not read the book before.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
The love story between Natasha and Daniel is really cute and just how I imagine it would be in the book. They start off very awkward with each other and Natasha being completely closed off to the idea of love until their relationship develops and she finds herself falling in love with Daniel. So while I loved watching their dynamic change there were small aspects of the movie that were big in the book that I wasn’t too fond of.
First, the reason that they are being deported in the movie is drastically different from the book. There is one mention in the movie of their deportation being due to a random factory raid while in the book it’s due to Natasha’s dad’s carelessness while being pulled over for a DUI. I thought that the reasoning behind the deportation was a central part of the book and why Natasha had such strong and conflicting feelings towards her dad. I believe that it really added another layer to the story and really made things complex and wish that they would have kept that the same in the movie.
Second, we all now that this isn’t going to end well, you can tell from the beginning and even the trailer to this movie but there was a key reason for the deportation not being changed that wasn’t included in the book. The fact that they changed this really upset me because this was another change that made it so that Natasha wasn’t angry at someone. I wanted to see her anger as the book clearly shows it as one of the most important aspects to her story and what contributes to her feelings towards Daniel.
Third, for me I think this was one of the most important aspects that I really wanted to see and was so dissapointed that the character wasn’t included. The whole reason that Natasha and Daniel crash into each other in the book is because of a security lady who holds up the line because she so thoroughly inspects each of Natasha’s items in her bag. This woman feels so disconnected with the world and just is hoping for someone to see her and Natasha thanks this woman for her encounter with Daniel. It isn’t until the ending of the book that we meet this woman again and she thanks Natasha for that day because she was ready to commit suicide until she got that thank you. It is in that moment that Natasha and Daniel notice they are on the same plane and that is what you are left with. Not with a happy ending but with a question of what happens next? The movie isn’t like that, the movie gives you a happy ending and I just wasn’t feeling it.
Now all that to say the movie wasn’t bad it just didn’t compare well to the book. I recommend watching the movie first and then reading the book if you haven’t already read the book. I think that would be a great way to take it all in. I enjoyed the movie when I ignored the differences between the movie and the book and I hope that you all will too.
If I had to use just one word to describe this movie that is the word that I would choose. It was the word that kept popping up in my mind scene after scene and dialogue after dialogue.
“Reasons to Live, Give Reasons to Die” This is the words that Starr’s Dad speaks to her when she apologizes for speaking up about Khalil’s death. That was the first scene that the words powerful came to my mind because it was such an impactful and unforgettable scene, and the scenes got better after this. Another scene that I thought was impactful and unforgettable was the scene between Starr and her uncle when she points out the differences between cops in a black neighborhood and cops in a white neighborhood.
I really enjoyed the range of emotions that were shown through Starr and how we finally get anger from her. I feel that so many times I’ve seen books to movies and the anger isn’t right but this was spot-on. I really enjoyed how difficult conversations and issues were handled through this movie and how the way things were handled were very similar to the book.
Something that I was thinking about during the protests and later on the riots was how we often times get desensitized by watching this happen on the news so often. I kept thinking about how so many of us just start to ignore what’s happening around us and I was glad that this movie forced you to listen. I mean the book made you listen and think about these things happening daily but the movie showed it to you and I think that you can’t ignore these occurrences once you see them.
Normally I always like the book more than the movie but in this instance I loved the movie and the book equally. I think that the addition of some scenes and the changing of the scenes from the book to the movie really added to the story versus taking away. The addition of the scene that occurs between Hailey and Starr at school was something that I really enjoyed because you see hurt and anger from Starr.
Now I don’t want to give you any real spoilers but I have to mention that the scene near the end had me in tears. You’ll all understand once you watch it but it’s a scene that is going to stick with me forever. I finally understood the Tupac quote ( “THUG LIFE,” he explained, actually stands for “The Hate U Give Little Infants Effs Everybody.”) that they reference through the whole book/movie during that scene.
I highly recommend watching this movie whether or not you have read the book. If you haven’t read the book I also recommend picking that up as soon as possible because it is a good read.