Jason's Reviews > Congo
by Michael Crichton
by Michael Crichton
Apr 08, 2008
would have given this book five stars but i've seen the movie which traumatized me with it's badness. although i literally finished the book in the parking lot of the theater the weekend it came out so it was very fresh in my mind and ready to be compared for all its shortcomings. was it fair to the movie? no. was it fair that they actually charged people to see that piece of *expletive deleted*? no. i say that makes us even. my problems with the book. not too many. it did what it wanted to do. rambled a wee bit but most books do. my problems with the movie. oh where to start? how about the horrific casting. ernie hudson as monroe? the role could have been played perfectly by...tim curry! unfortunately mr. curry was playing a different role in the movie. one which he is used to playing: the villain. (see Legend, Rocky Horror, The Shadow, Kinsey and IT for reference). What makes this villain different from the others was that he wasn't necessary to the story. my proof of this accusation is that he wasn't even in the book. yes, you read that last sentence correctly. they made up a main villain for the movie. tim (im a huge fan and therefore reserve the right to refer to him by his first name) is an awesome actor playing a character that should never have existed. sad but true. other problems. monkeys look fake. you can almost see the zipper that opens the suit for the actors to get out them. monkeys are way dumber than they were in the book. what could have been an intense and frightening film was made into mindless action fluff. although the volcano eruption was cool. im too tired from bitching at the movie to keep going now. basically the book was WAY better than the movie and should be read if you like semi realistic horror/action.
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