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Re: Contrasting Viewpoint

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Posted by Mike Jones on January 30, 2017 at 13:35:12 user Mike_Jones.

In Reply to: Re: Contrasting Viewpoint posted by Mike Dennis on January 30, 2017 at 10:17:46:

I have commented on this film twice on Tarboard: after seeing it in the cinema with my eight-year old grandson, and after viewing the DVD at home with my AR library glowering down at me from the shelves. As I said, it worked as a film in the cinema, though some of it jarred, but was a much less happy experience at home.

As far as I can see, the film was reviewed, as it should have been, by professional film critics with weekly columns in their newspapers, whose job it is to review what they see as films, not primarily as adaptations of source material that is not in their area of expertise. Even a film critic who happened to be an AR enthusiast would still be expected to review SA as a film in its own right and judge it accordingly, though he/she might comment on its faithfulness as an adaptation. If such faithfulness had been the basis for judging the various film versions of The 39 Steps, 1 or 2 out of 5 might have been about right.

On that professional basis, 3/5 seems a reasonable score to have given it, though it goes without saying that the earlier film was a much more faithful adaptation.

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