Basically, I’m in 2 different places on this. On one hand, this is an interesting story, with some great acting, and a lot of sentimental tearjerker moments. I cried way too much to admit haha. On the other hand, the direction is cheesy, full of way too many fade to blacks, melodramatic voice over monologues, and almost none of the courtroom drama you expect from the description. In fact, the bulk of this movie is looking at the family and their struggle. Which, don’t get me wrong, was still compelling and heartbreaking all at the same time. And, like I mentioned earlier, the acting is fantastic. Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, and Sofia Vassilieva especially. But essentially, the whole movie was different flashbacks to times in the family’s history, and back to the current situation, which, not going to lie, with all of the jumping, the timeline of it all got really confusing. However, on top of all the fails, I found myself crying, especially at the end. So basically, if you can ignore the melodramatic directing, and focus on the family, and want to cry your eyes out, then you should watch this movie.
Let’s talk about the ending for a minute. As many of you know, the book and movie have drastically different endings. In the movie, Kate (the sister with cancer) dies after she goes into system failure. In the book, Anna and her lawyer are on their way back to the hospital after winning the court case, they get into a car accident and Anna becomes brain dead. She posthumously donates her kidney and Kate goes into remission and make a full recovery and lives. So. Why change it for the movie? However, if you want my honest opinion, I like the movie ending better. (and yes I have read the book.) I just feel like it’s more realistic, where as the book ending has more of a shock value to it. I don’t know, what do you guys think? Why do you think it was changed? Do you like a particular one better?