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East of Eden back to product details

Entertaining but disapointing
written by RThompson1 July 6, 2005 - 11:42 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I just finished reading East of Eden and I was so excited to see that it was available to rent on Greencine. I don't want to give anything away, but if you have read the book, I would say skip the movie. If you have not read the book and don't plan on it, then rent away. The movie picks up about 1/2 way through the book when Adam Trask is already aging and his sons are almost grown. The biggest disappointment was the fact that the most interesting and central character, (in my opinion) Lee, the Trask family servant was totally omitted. The movie created drama between the brothers that did not exist in the book and frankly was not necessary; there was plenty of drama in the original story. I will admit James Dean and Julie Harris were great so I will forgive them. I suppose it is difficult to adapt a 600 page book that spans two generations into 90 minutes but I do think this is one of the few original movies that could be remade better. Any filmmakers out there?


(Average 7.55)
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