Saturday, July 19, 2008


So, last week, I finally saw Wanted starring Angelina Jolie, and that gut who looks like that guy from "Everwood,"(I swear the look exactly the same). It wasn't really one of those in-the-moment-hey-lets-watch-a-movie kind of thing, but a wow-that-looks-awesome-gotta-watch-it thing. Its hard for me to explain, but what I'm trying to say is that I've been really eager to see this film, and not because Jolie stars in it but because, believe it or not, it's based on a graphic novel, which yours truly read. "Wanted" was originally a story about a lowlife failure who has nothing going for him, he's in a deadbeat job, his girlfriend is screwing his best friend, and hasn't got a dime to his name. Unfortunately that's where the similarities end. A couple of years back(okay not that far, only three months ), I couldn't help but overhear two of my classmates talk about some movie, but i can't remember which, only the fact that it was originally based on a novel. Drifting in and out of drowsiness, only one line stuck with me, "They Eragon'd it." Now I've never read Eragon, or seen the movie, but from what I hear there almost completely different things. This is exactly what happened to "Wanted," I can literary count the similarities on one hand. It doesn't even deserve to use the name "Wanted," seriously why do writers sellout to have there ideas enter mainstream. As far as I can tell, this isn't the first to fall victim to this, as Jumper can also prove. There have been many great adaptations, such as Holes and the Harry Potter series, perfect representations where literary if you've read the book, you can actually guess the next line. However the people behind Wanted must've missed those conference, instead helping themselves to the free ice cream and doughnuts outside. The comics or should I say graphic novels, penned by Mark Miller, is fantastic, with gritty story line, action, and dialogue your mom might not approve of. Its been compare to the Watchmen Series, another comic so good its the only comic in the Times top 100 written works 1923-2005. There're interesting character, each well developed in their own background. My favorites include Tommy Two-d**ks and S**thead, each a satirical design on their DC counterparts( For those who haven't figured it out Tommy=Two Face, and S**thead=Clayface). But to my dismay, none of them mad it to the big screen, Only Wesley and Fox, whose only similarity is her name. After seeing it, I was seriously disappointed, but my friend wasn't. Apparently its a good film, if you've haven't read it. So, my advice, see the movie, but if you really want the true story, I believe its up for D/L, of course I can't condone it, as it's illegal. But hint hint you'll be amazed at what Google can offer.
See You Next Time

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