Monday, May 14, 2012

When who said?

In today's Curtis the title character is asked what he found inspiring in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. He begins his answer with "When Gregory Peck said..." and is cut off by his teacher. Last panel, he's headed for the principal's office, complaining that watching the dvd version of a book should count as much as reading it.

Listen, Curtis: two things. First, while Horton Foote's screenplay is a worthy adaptation - one of the best distillations of a book into a film ever done, ever - it's not the whole book. Huge sections of that brilliant novel are missing (the whole Mrs. Dubose subplot, for instance, or the cousins, or Dolphus Raymond). It's a wonderful movie, but you are missing a lot.

Second. You are an idiot. How hard would it have been to say "When Atticus said..."?

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