The story follows Todd, who lives in a world without women, and where the men's thoughts are on display at all times. When he meets Viola, a girl who has crash-landed on his planet, they learn that their world is not what it seems.
The movie, based on the trilogy of the same name, was originally supposed to be released in 2019. But because of Tom's and Daisy's respective Marvel and Star Wars commitments, and because the movie was deemed "unreleasable" in 2019, it was delayed until this past weekend.
I'm an avid fan of the books, and I've told basically everyone I know about them. While there are quite a few differences between the book series and this new movie, not all of them are bad.
Spoilers ahead for both the books and the film!
1.Perhaps the most immediate difference is that in the books, Todd and Viola are 13, but in the movie, they're older teens.
2.Only humans have Noise in the film.
3.In the book, Todd leaves his home before everyone knows about Viola. In the film, he leaves because everyone knows about her.
4.Davy is a lot more prominent in the novels.
5.In The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd is worried that he'll transmit the Noise to Viola because he thinks it's fatal for women.
6.Book Todd doesn't realize that any of the Spackle are alive until he has to fight one. In the movie, everyone knows that they're alive and well.
7.A huge part of book Todd's character is not being able to kill because of his humanity, a characteristic that sets him apart from the rest of the men. However, you'd only get that from the film if you already knew it.
8.But while he doesn't kill the Spackle in a fight in the movie, he does in the book.
9.The movie doesn't include WILF!!!
10.Aaron straight-up kidnaps Viola in the book.
In the film, all of this is condensed into a single fight on the river. And as someone who hates whitewater rafting, I was watching through my fingers.
11.Book Todd can only hear bits of his mother's journal at a time because it's too overwhelming for him.
12.In the book, Viola kills Aaron so that Todd doesn't have to — not while she's trying to contact her ship.
13.The mayor dies after...falling into a spaceship?
All in all, I thought the script was a good adaptation and made for a very compelling film. And Tom and Daisy did phenomenally, of course. If you need me, I'll be restarting the trilogy.
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