Earlier today I posted about the Bookies getting together this week and going to see the Labor Day movie together. It really was a lot of fun. Thirteen of us who had read the book gathered for a chance to see the movie. This review is my thoughts on the movie.
Kate Winslet is wonderful in the role of Adele, a single mom who has been scarred deeply by love. When she meets Frank, an escaped convict, while making a rare trip to the store for supplies, he leaves her little choice but to take him with her.
Frank (Josh Brolin), is just looking for an escape from a crime that he says was an accident. While he comes off as frightening at times, he is really just looking to start living again, and soon it is apparent that this life may be with Adele and her 13-year-old son Henry.
What starts out as what appears to be a hostile take over of Adele’s home, turns out into something very different indeed as both Frank and Adele find comfort in each others inability to be a part of the bigger world outside the front door.
I am pleased to say I really enjoyed Labor Day. I was a little uncertain as I struggled with Adele’s passiveness in the book – but found her to be a stronger woman in the movie and a little more protective of her son. Both book and movie (IMO) move along a little quickly for a 5 day storyline. I would also say that some of the flashbacks in the movie are a bit confusing, even though I had read the book and knew what they were about. I imagine it would be even harder to follow if you had not read the book.
Labor Day is still a movie I would recommend. There is some inner depth and hurt in both the main characters that is revealed in such a way that you suddenly understand that this is not a scary movie, but a love story unfolding. There are some wonderful elements to the movie and it is a story line I have not seen done before which is almost always refreshing.
Both book and movie were very close and I liked that. As I had just recently finished the book, it was still fresh in my mind to pick up on any differences, the differences I noticed were few and in some cases added to my enjoyment of the movie.
What I liked:
Adele comes off as stronger in the movie than in the book. Not too strong but enough to know that if she had to she would do what she could to defend her son. I preferred movie Adele.
Henry, as I shared in my book review has a bit of a teenage boy obsession with girls and sex. I just didn’t want to read all those details. I was happy to see that in the movie while they do show he thinks about girls…we did not have to see anything beyond his thinking about them.
What I didn’t like
Frank has more of a frightening presence in the movie at times. It almost made me wonder if in the end…how innocent was he?
Missing character. There is a grandmother in the book that plays a short but significant role. She is not in the movie.
There are subtle differences in the end results, nothing big… nothing disappointing, but tiny tweaks.