I was over in Kenya when this was released, so I missed the early buzz. However, recent plaudits for this film have made up for it.
I loved the book when I read it a few years ago for its wicked humour and the film captured that well. I thought that Kate Winslet’s Australian accent was excellent, and I enjoyed seeing many familiar faces. While gorgeous, I thought that Liam Hensworth was too young to play Teddy, though.
I was rather surprised to hear that a ‘young person’ of my acquaintance (yes, I do occasionally meet one or two) absolutely hated the book and refused to see the film. She had been compelled to study the book at school, and I really do wonder why you’d subject such a light book to being ‘done’ as literature in the classroom. Poor choice, I’d say, and one that would kill the joy of the book with analysis.
As for me, I loved the film just as I loved the book. Full stop.