Friday, March 03, 2006

Movie Review

I love John Irving books. My two favorite are The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire. Last night, I was scrolling through the free movies offered on Comcast and saw a listing for The Hotel New Hampshire. I had no idea it was even a movie (it was filmed in 1984), so of course, I was intrigued and had to watch. Guess who's in it? A young Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe, and a toddler Seth Green. So weird! Although the book is fabulous, like all Irving novels, it's pretty warped and twisted. Plots involving trained bears, rape, terrorism, incest, suicidal clowns, midgets, and taxidermy don't necessarily make good movie fodder. It's the sort of novel I'm hesitant to recommend to people, in case they find it offensive and decide that I'm some kind of sicko for liking it. But you readers are likely already aware of the fact that I am indeed a sicko, so I'll go ahead and recommend the novel. As for the movie, skip it, unless you're a big Jodie Foster or Rob Lowe fan.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

comcast? did you finally toss the rabbit ears and get cable?

eileen said...

Nope. Still stuck in the technology stone ages. I was watching at someone else's house.

kris said...

*SPOILER ALERT* I've seen that! Same as you, caught it on TV a few years ago. I loved seeing Seth Green as Egg, though I always weep at the plane crash part of the book. And dude, the bit where the brother and sister have sex, like, fifty times? That's out there even for me.

El Guapo said...

I liked the book as well, but had a hard time with the movie.

Owen Meaney ranks as my favorite Irving book.

The man is genuinely twisted. I love it when one can be so honest with the world.