Now, I am a huge huge fan of the book. It is definitely one of my favorite books, it pulls you in and you can't let go until the end and basically it is breathless.
Somehow, Tom Hanks wasn't the worst part of this adaptation, and I really thought that he would be. Don't get me wrong, I like Tom Hanks, Castaway and Forest Gump were awesome, I just don't think that this role suited him.
In anycase, the worst part of this movie: the atrocity that was the ending. They couldn't have changed it anymore from the book to the movie. And it was pathetic and dumb and lame. Angela and I were both quite enraged. I mean, they changed the beginning and I could live with that. The middle was basically like reading the book except you're watching it (with minor changes), but the end. OMG. What was Ron Howard thinking? I don't know.
I'm beyond pissed off about this. I don't know why, I didn't have any expectations going in, I thought it would be bad because of Tom, but it wasn't him. Somehow, they sunk lower.
Oh, Audrey Tatou was absolutely charming and a delight to watch (I've loved her since Amelie), and when she's driving that Smart Car in reverse it is impressive. She was good. The rest was not.
My question is this: you are adapting a best selling novel - millions upon millions have read this book and have loved it. WHY DID YOU CHANGE IT?! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?