After we finished reading the book, we wrote an essay based on stereotype. After we wrote an essay, we created a first person narrative fiction based on serious global issue. After we created a story, we watched the film. Today, I will be writing a reflection on movie, and compare between the book and the film.
These are things that I felt after watching the film…
– I really enjoyed watching this movie because the movie was very exciting, just like the book, and I could see how the director view greasers and Socs. Also I think that the director chose the best actors. The actors were very young men, that fits into greasery (?) stereotype. I think that the actors would affect a lot. Even thought the story was very good that every single people cry, but if the actors didn’t fit into the stereotype, it would not be fun, and exciting. However, overall, the movie was good.
Next, I will compare and contrast between the movie and the book.
- Character: In the book, Dally was mainly described in Ponyboy’s narration – we are told about him rather than see it for ourselves. However, in the movie Dally emphasised more – quite physically powerful/dangerous. Also, in the book Soda was one of the main characters, but in the movie I found that Sodapop didn’t appear a lot except for the scene in the hospital.
- Tone and mood: In the book, the murder and fleeing to countryside seemed more dark and serious and dangerous, but in the movie it seemed more light-hearted than the book.
- Plot: While I was reading the book, I thought that the conflict between greasers and Socs were very serious. However, in the movie, it seemed like it wasn’t that serious than I thought.
- Setting: According to the book, I thought that the church was not that crumbled.However, in the movie, it was a lot rougher and abodoned than I thought.
- Motifs / symbols: In the book, the symbol was cigarette. I think that cigarette represents the coolness, toughness, and greasers, because greasers smoke all the time. However, in the movie, the symbol was train. I think this represents the past and tragedy, because Ponyboy’s parents lost their lives due to the train accident.
- Scenes: According to the book, I thought that the movie theatre was clean. However, in the movie the theatre was very outdoor (?).
- Extra: In the book, there was conversation about Bob between Randy and Ponyboy. I really liked that conversation, but in the movie, most of the conversation was missing, which kind of disappointed me.
Overall, I prefer the book than the film. The book tells us the right situation about greasers, while in the movie the situation was lighter. Even thought I liked the movie, book was detailed and more accurate than the film. For the last, one thing that I would say for the movie is that to include the conversation of Bob, because I think that’s very important part, because Ponyboy knew about Bob’s problem for the first time in that scene.