November 4, 2013

The viewer is treated to another’s dream

Lloyd Jones in the Sydney Morning Herald, ahead of Mr Pip’s Australian release: “The best and only approach for a filmmaker adapting a novel is to make the story over. To some extent, this is achieved with Mr Pip. Matilda’s imaginative forays into Dickensian London are colourfully explored, and the reverse colonisation hinted at in the novel is more fully expressed in the film.
“Any other departures owe more to differences of genre and where the spell is laid. In film, the magic tends to be woven on the surface. The viewer is treated to another’s dream. In literature, the reader does the dreaming. And that, for me, remains the greatest act of magic of all.”
(Jones piece here; my review here).