After reading the book last fall, it was finally my turn to borrow this movie from the library and I picked it up last night.
My fiance wanted to watch it right away but I was apprehensive… I hadn’t enjoyed the book. It seemed too determined to stay “real”, making sure it wasn’t a book one read to escape (or even one felt happy reading). Also, call me a prude, but I have a hard time liking main (or for that matter, any) characters that debase themselves through immorality, even if they were traumatized as a child. There wasn’t as much cooking and food dialogue as I expected either and I found myself drooling the most over Madame Mallory’s cookbook collection!
That being said, once I got over the fact that it wasn’t exactly the novel (something I’m a stickler for, just ask anyone who’s ever watched a movie based on a novel with me), I found myself liking the movie more. The food made me hungry, both what I saw on plates and what they talked about throughout the story. I could relate more to the main characters and it wasn’t as somber as it went along. My fiance, who loves a good romance, was thrilled when Hasan got the girl in the end.
Sure, it wasn’t the greatest movie either, but if you love food like I do, I find myself (and I’m shocked by this) recommending you save some time and skip the book, go straight to the movie. Just make sure you eat first!