The past few months in english class we have been reading the outsiders and watching the movie and studying it. The outsiders is a story about two gangs living in the same area that hate each other and go through a lot of conflict. It is told from the point of view of a boy named Ponyboy Curtis.
I think that the director worked hard to fit in a lot of the details from the book to the movie. I think the focus and the mood was slightly different. The focus in the book by S.E Hinton was mainly of Ponyboy and Sodapop but in the movie it was mainly of Ponyboy and Dallas. The mood in the book was much more darker because we know exactly how Ponyboy thinks and how it truly feels like to be in his situation but in the movie we only see things that happen outside of his mind so it is much lighter.
The movie I think showed and used symbolism very well. The train for instance, The train noises came out every time something bad is about to happen and I think that the train noise is a sign or a symbol of escape because trains are a form of transport. You hear the train before bob dies and before dally dies and other times when something big/bad is about to happen. S.E Hinton also wrote that the greasers are from the wrong side of the tracks so the train is a symbol of greasers and the socs and danger.
In conclusion I think that the movie did very well to capture a lot of the book but I thought the book was a more powerful darker story and enjoyed it more than the book.