This past weekend, I finally watched two Netflix films based on books, Dumplin’ and Bird Box. I read Bird Box back when it came out and loved the book, so I was excited to check out the film. As for Dumplin’, I just recently read the book for my book club and I didn’t love it, but I did highly enjoy the secondary characters. I’d heard the movie was good though, so I was curious to see! If you liked this post, please share on social media (especially pinning the images!)
Dumplin: Book Vs. Movie
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy has been on my radar since it was released, but it wasn’t until my book club was reading it that I finally decided to give it a shot. I really liked the secondary characters in the book, but honestly, Willowdean (AKA Dumplin’) wasn’t my favorite. I did feel for her when it came to being uncomfortable in her skin, because that’s something I’ve dealt with most of my life. I was never the skinny one – I’m still not – so I could understand that and I thought it was dealt with really well. However, I didn’t really like how Willow treated people – some of it made sense in the moment, but she let things drag and essentially didn’t communicate when she should have.
I’d heard that the movie was really good though, so I was excited to check it out on Netflix. I would definitely recommend watching the movie, even if you haven’t or don’t want to read the book. I thought it fleshed out Willow’s character a bit more and she didn’t seem as harsh to the people in her life. Plus, once again, I really did love the secondary characters. One of my favorites – in the book and movie – is Hannah. She adds a lot of humor!
Danielle MacDonald plays Willowdean and I think she does a great job. The book has drag queens that help Willow and her friends with the pageant, but they have a bigger role in the movie and I really loved that. Plus, there is plenty of Dolly Parton love and music and as I’m a fan, it definitely added to my enjoyment.
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Bird Box: Book Vs. Movie
I read and reviewed Bird Box back in 2014 so you’re welcome to read my full review there. I really loved the book though and what’s funny is that I ended the review with this:
Overall, this was a great, original story. I could see it being a film…though one that is a bit quiet and haunting, music used to up the suspense and danger.
I was right! It definitely made a good film, and I think I was pretty accurate with the type of movie it would be too. When it comes to Bird Box, I love the book a lot more than the movie, but I’m still happy with the movie. I think it was done well and nicely covered the overall story. It’s been years now since I’ve read the book – I really need to do a re-read – so I can’t compare the smaller things, but I’m one of those people that don’t mind changes in a book versus movie as long as it doesn’t drastically change the entire story or something.
Sandra Bullock is a favorite actress of mine and I think she was wonderful in the movie. Danielle MacDonald (Willowdean in Dumplin’) was actually in Bird Box as well, and she does another fantastic job – in a drastically different role. The children who play Girl and Boy did a great job. They don’t have many lines, but for being so young, and for the type of movie Bird Box is, I think they were wonderful.
Verdict: Book Over the Movie