Okay, this is sort of a complex topic. But since the main A:OC thread is already into its second page, I though I’d start a thread to keep any film vs. play discussion focused.
My take after reading the initial reviews is that the positive reviewers have looked at the film with an open mind while the mixed reviewers are comparing it negatively to the play. As far as awards season, I think this may have a significant impact (which is why I created this thread). I haven’t seen the play. Is there something really important about it that the film has missed? What are your thoughts?
My initial thoughts:
1) A:OC won the Tony for Best Play. The initial reviews imply that it is unlikely the film will win the Oscar for Best Picture, but it might get nominated.
2) Deanna Dunagan won the Tony for Lead Actress as the character Violet. For Meryl Streep to win the Oscar, she might have to equal or beat the performance of Dunagan and her Oscar competitors.
3) It might be easier for Julia Roberts on the Barbara character (Amy Morton nominated, but didn’t win). Nonetheless, that character was nominated in a lead role which might spell chaos as far as Oscar noms (since it is said that Roberts is being championed for a supporting role while the play’s character was nominated for lead).
4) Los Angeles (and the home of most Oscar voters) is pretty far from Broadway. Maybe the Tonys will have no effect? <<this is a complete guess!!!>>
Anybody who has seen both the play and the film, your views would be much appreciated.
So, i’m assuming the positive reviewers didn’t see the play, hence their glowing reviews? And the negative reviewers have seen the play, and thus don’t agree with the adaptation? Especially since many are critisizing first the different ending and secondly the way some characters roles were handled.
I haven’t seen both, so…
I’ve only seen the film and absolutely loved it.
It’s doubtful that many filmgoers (Including Academy members) will have seen the play or be aware of changes to in in the film adaptation.
The reviews seem all over the place at the moment but I suspect audiences will have a much more favourable reaction.
I suspect it being a big box office hit will counteract any concerns about how faithful it is to the theatrical version.