June 24th, 2007

Arya & Gendry02

Book to Movie Adaptation Screw-ups (Specifically 'Age of Innocence')

This popped into my mind recently and it's something I've long wanted to know if any other Wharton readers felt the same way and I figured LJ was the place to ask.

While I did feel that Martin Scorsese's Age of Innocence was beautifully directed and that the acting by all three leads -- Michelle Pfeiffer, Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder was strong (the weakest being, surprisingly, Day-Lewis, but I don't think that Ryder deserved an Oscar nom), I had a HUGE beef with the casting that makes the film practically unwatchable to me. I did manage to watch it once because I wanted to see if the acting/direction/script could overcome it. It could not. At all.

I read Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence in college and loved it. I thought it was devastatingly beautiful and one of my favorite classics I've ever read. And when I first heard about the movie adaptation I was nervous, but I figured that Scorsese would do a good job. And then I heard the casting and thought it odd because Pfeiffer was way too old to play May and Ryder way too young to play Ellen, but I figured, eh, I'll see. And then I found out that Pfeiffer was playing Ellen and that Ryder was playing May and I saw red. Absolute red. Talk about just about completely MISSING THE FRIGGIN' POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anyhoo, that's my biggest book-to-movie adaptation screw-up that gets to me, anyone agree or have their own?