Gerald's Game goes to Netflix

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Machine's Way

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I've read the book a couple of times, so knew a movie would be a difficult endeavour. But they did a very good job, and kept pretty much to the book with only the 'odd' tweak here and there.
Carla and Bruce and the little girl did a wonderful job. But, the CreepyMcCreepyface award must go to Carel Struycken.
Funnily enough, I always pictured Michael Berryman as Joubert in the book.
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This Exactly, Michael Berryman would of been prefect and a lot less cheesy looking.

Nice Guy btw, I met him years ago and got a photo with him and a signed "The Hills Have Eyes' Photo and he wrote on it, "Lets go camping"
 

Machine's Way

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I watched Gerald's Game this weekend and I have to say I am not as impressed as some of you are on this one. I give the director credit for tackling what was deemed as the "Unfilmable adaption" and giving us something. Not horrible but not great by any means.
I thought the movie was cast well and the setting was good. But overall I got a rushed feeling. I do not know how I would of done it any different but the out of body characters took alot away from the sense of impending doom and claustrophobia.
I also think one of the more creepier elements of the whole story, Joubert, just wasn't done right. The cheesy glowing red eyes and the elephant man makeup just didn't do it for me. I simple call to Mr. Michael Berryman would of done the trick.
The Film had its moments but overall I will file this with one and done.
 

Lepplady

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I liked it a lot. Well done.

Two observations. First,
The correspondence between father/daughter sexual abuse and an eclipse was very Delores Claibourne, complete with the imagery of a a female figure with the eclipse behind her.


And second:
I found it very convenient that a civilian off the street could just walk into such a highly publicized trial unhindered. Where's courthouse security?
Then she walks out after being the only person the Moonlight Man responds to, and so dramatically, at that. Nobody follows her to ask what that was all about. Where's the press? I don't buy it.
Despite those two little things, I really enjoyed GG. It was very well done, I thought. Great performances from everybody.
 

Gerald

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The first is intentional -- GG and DC were originally meant to be a single book linked by that eclipse event. In the books, the characters sense each other at that moment.

Were the two stories gonna be one narrative? That seems very hard to do, because despite a feminist theme they are completely separate and individual, and seem hard to make into one story.

Or would it still be separate stories, like his novella collections, but just linked by an overall theme - the eclipse? Which is basically what it is now.
 

Gerald

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It was going to be called In the Path of the Eclipse. He's never said much about how they were going to be interlinked beyond that common eclipse where Dolores and Jessie have visions of each other.

I was very happy and quite surprised they left it in the movie, as apart to those who have read both books it will mean nothing.

Maybe he couldn't find a satisfying way to interlink both stories, so he left them separate.
 

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I also have to say that the novel wasn't my favorite, I read it about 10 years ago and haven't re-read the book since that. But I saw the movie on Netflix and have to
say it was better. Even though the beginning was boring.