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Balzac and the LCS Movie Response Part 2

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Adrianna Atkins
01-07-2016
01:14 PM ET (US)
"The movie lost some of its bite when translated from page to screen, but it still delivers a valid message. When one of the boys starts reading good literature, life takes on new meaning." Like many other critics they felt the book was better. Which is not unusual for books that are made into movies. Another thing many review had in common is that it was rushed and jumped around too much. In addition, they felt it would be hard to follow for people. Which isn't a quality you would want in a movie especially if there is a well known book to follow it.
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Tyler Beckwith
01-07-2016
11:41 AM ET (US)
The critics thought the movie lacked emotion from the actors, despite their situation. They were also disappointed by the jump to they boys' future lives. They thought it was unnecessary to the story. They despised the ending of this love story. They thought it was terrible that the girl walks away from both of them. Overall the critics gave the movie a very bad review.
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Woodard Austin
12-13-2015
08:22 PM ET (US)
The reviewers though the movie was boring because they didn't see passion in the acting and thought the tooth filling was poorly portrayed. I don't think they even read the book or understood the story for that matter. The jump into the future lives of the boys disgusted the critics and they said it was disappointing. The guardian said "Set against this sentimentality is the power with which the movie catapults us into Luo and Ma's lives 30 years later." They thought it was out of line and didn't benefit the story. It's in this "time frame" where we can see the boys admit their connection with the girl and how she changed both their lives, which is what the story is all about. The ending made the critics cringe in how the love story ended with the girl walking out. Nothing made the critics happy because it wasn't being told with a story the critics wanted, it was its own story and the characters were there own, its not a fairytale
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Bailey Meadors
12-11-2015
04:03 PM ET (US)
The general option of the reviewers is the movie was not as good as the book. The movie was lacking romance compared to the book. They didn't like the flash forward because it did't show major memories that happened in the boys lives. Also they did not like the that little seamstress just stopped being in the movie. ""Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" is artfully designed to appeal to lovers of romance and books, but by the end of the film I was not convinced it knew much about either." as you see the reviewers did not like the movie compared to the book. Overall, all the reviewers like the book by far more then the movie.
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Justin Sebert
12-08-2015
11:03 AM ET (US)
Most of the movie reviews were not huge fans of the movie. They say that the movie portrayed the characters differently than the book, and that the acting was just bad. "As a movie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is weak..." (James Berardinelli). The romance of the novel is not portrayed as well in the movie, and the characters did not fit the description in the book. The Seamstress was more childish in the movie and just plain dumb, were as in the book she is intelligent and very proud. Many reviewers found that the movie did not meet the expectations of the novel.
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Hailey Johnson
12-04-2015
09:00 AM ET (US)
2. What is the general opinion of the reviewer(s) (not you!) with regard to the actors and how they portrayed the main characters? Write at least 5 sentences AND select and use a QUOTE from one of the reviews in your response. Do NOT count that quote as part of your analysis.

After reading the movie review, I found that most of the veiwers found the movie rather dull. The intension of the movie was to be dramatic and heartfelt. The reviews I read were mostly negative geared toward the actors. "It was a beautiful movie, but after having read the book, I expected something else. Certain elements seemed rushed compared to the book, and some things just seemed to have been changed for no reason." - Ananymous. This was in reference to the first movie we watched. I also agree with this quote. I found many reviews where people were not happy with how the movie was organized compared to the book.
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Hayden Lodermeier
12-02-2015
08:17 PM ET (US)
" "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" is artfully designed to appeal to lovers of romance and books, but by the end of the film I was not convinced it knew knew much about about either. The romance is sincere but lacking in passion, and the books have the strange result of sending the heroine away from both men who loved her, and toward an unknown future in the big city." People didn't really like the flash forward in the movie, because it not how the book ends. Which when a book is made into a movie a lot of things about the book change.
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Ashley Eickman
12-02-2015
10:00 AM ET (US)
2. What is the general opinion of the reviewer(s) (not you!) with regard to the actors and how they portrayed the main characters? Write at least 5 sentences AND select and use a QUOTE from one of the reviews in your response. Do NOT count that quote as part of your analysis.

The reviewers' opinions of the movie are rather negative. They did not get much feeling from the characters. "As a romance, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is weak. It lacks both passion and conviction" (Movie review by James Berardinelli). The romance in the movie is not really portrayed as much as in the book. The actors' didn't show a lot of emotion. The Little Seamstress was more of a child, and it showed. Many of the reviewers were not impressed by the movie.
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Samantha Stark
11-19-2015
03:13 PM ET (US)
It happens often that movies that are made after books do not follow the story line. That also applies to this story. The movie went on past the book though and told you more about the boys journey after the little seamstress. It shows Lou becoming a dentist and Ma becoming a violinst. The flash forward did show that the boys' lifes did continue with out her. The reviewers liked how the movie flash forward to show the love that both boys had for the little seamstress. The film gives the viewer a new point on the love between them. In the movie the boys meet again in the middle years and got to see their village that was wiped out. In conclusion the viewers saw the movie as a great thing. It really helped seeing the end of story.
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Anastasia Contreras
11-19-2015
02:11 PM ET (US)
"It was a beautiful movie, but after having read the book, I expected something else. Certain elements seemed rushed compared to the book, and some things just seemed to have been changed for no reason."
After reading many post a lot of them are something along these lines. Although, it is very uncommon in my opinion for people to prefer the movie over a book. How people felt on the choice of actors was very different depending on the person. Some thought it mad the film seem low budget. Others thought it gave it a more realistic. As for how the actor portrayed the characters, for the most part reviews were good. One, on the other hand said, " The Little Seamstress in the book seemed more proud and even though she didn't know a lot of what the boys did she took pride in what she did. The movie makes her seem dumb and just childish."
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Megan Schuttloffel
11-19-2015
11:19 AM ET (US)
They think that the movie resemble the book pretty well. They like the flash forward and how you got to see how they lied after. It changes up the books story show the watchers how they live after the book ends. In the end of the movie it shows how Lou becomes a dentist and how Ma becomes a violinst. Then the two men meet again in the middle years, just to learn that their old village was wiped out. Overall the directors and reviewers found the movie changes to accent the book in a positive way.
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Silhouette Smith
11-19-2015
11:10 AM ET (US)
I feel that the movie was more or less liked by the general director of the film. The flash forward showed how life went on even after the little seamstress left to go live her own life. The reviewers thought the symbolic meaning of the flood would demonstrate the washing away of memories and to start a new if you will. When the two friends meet again after all those years, they reminisce over the soon to be lost childhood home that is known as the phoenix mountain. However, the most memorable part of the story is how they searched so hard to find her after all those years, and they couldn't find it. So in conclusion the reviewers overall considered the making of the film a monumental event.
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Taylor Lewin
11-19-2015
11:09 AM ET (US)
1. The end of the book doesn't go into the future like the movie. In the movie, the director fast-forwards 20-30 years and show us what Luo and Ma's lives have become. The reviewers liked the flash forward because it shows the viewers how much Luo and Ma both loved the Little Seamstress. "Both men yearn to see again the woman they both loved, and whom they drove away with their music and books." The film shows how much they missed the Little Seamstress in their modern lives. The reviewer says that the film shows how unhappy the two boys are without the Little Seamstress.
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Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
11-19-2015
10:37 AM ET (US)
It's Thursday! Where are your responses???
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Ryan Titus
11-18-2015
01:08 PM ET (US)
1. The reviewers mostly liked how the flash forward affected the movie. It puts a spin on the normal books story and gives the watcher an extra look into the characters lives. Luo and Ma in the normal world with Luo becoming a dentist and Ma a violinist. The reviewer also explained how the flooding of the valley was almost a present to the characters to purify and wash away the memories-"The two men meet again in early middle age, just as they hear that the valley in which they spent their "Maoist" years is to be obliterated by flooding for a new electrification dam: a metaphor for the drowning of memories and youth". In the end of the book they leave you hanging and wondering what happens to them. The movie lets you have a greater understanding of the characters and their emotions towards their reeducation.
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Kendra Tucker
11-17-2015
03:19 PM ET (US)
"Both men yearn to see again the woman they both loved, and whom they drove away with their music and books." With their flashback it shows them around 30 years or so later in life. It now showed us that Luo was a professional dentist along with his lovely wife and child. It also showed that Ma is a violinist and was in a group with people. When the two men meet again in the middle years, just to hear that the village they have spend all their life in/at its be wiped out! That is a metaphor showing that all their memories of their youth. Peter Bradshaw says that it's full of humanity and sadness and likable shows from the three principles. Roger Ebert on the other hand doesn't quite like being pulled 20 years into the future. Also that the two men weren't ever sure how clearly their feelings for the Seamstress or each other. He also thinks that there should've been more urgency and a lot more powerful memories, and less about the way the Seamstress just disappears from the story.
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