Perhaps the proper place for this is on my television review blog; however, you may have noticed that I’ve sort of given up on that. And, in any case, this isn’t a real review, just a few thoughts, and it’s about a movie based on a book. And so, my justification for putting it here.

I adored the book that this movie is based on (though it’s been a couple of years since I read it, so my memory is a bit fuzzy). I love Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I was quite worried that I would hate this movie, that it wouldn’t do justice to the brilliant book on which it is based, and I’m happy to say that I was wrong!

Certainly, there are some changes in how the story goes, some additions and subtractions to the plot, and some things that could have been less glossed-over by the movie version. However, I felt like they captured the spirit of the novel quite nicely, and that’s what really counts, isn’t it? Michael Cera isn’t the Nick I remember, but he’s still a good one, in his own way, and I thought Kat Dennings was a marvelous Norah. All of the actors did wonderfully–fantastic performers. The soundtrack was great. I loved how well they captured the New York feel of the story.

This movie is smart and funny and unique and wonderful. Certainly, credit to the book, but it would have been so easy for the moviemakers to have turned a brilliant book into a crappy movie–happens all the time in Hollywood. I’m so thrilled that it didn’t happen here!

Relevant links: the book, the movie, interview with Rachel Cohn, interview with David Levithan.