Monday, June 24, 2013
Books Go To The Movies - World War Z
Anyway, back to the point of this post. There is really no reason to compare the book and movie versions of World War Z, as about the only things they have in common are a title and zombies.
The book was an enjoyable spin on zombie mythology, and I liked the Studs Terkel-esque style. I had wondered how they were going to take a multi-perspective, episodic narrative and adapt it for the screen, and it turns out they didn't really try. Some of the incidents described in the book are loosely adapted for the movie, but much is lost.
The movie is a decent zombie flick, but it doesn't really stand out for me. There are a lot of loose ends that needed to be resolved, and the final solution felt a bit too contrived and easy. Overall, I enjoyed the movie, but the book is so much better.
Has anyone else seen World War Z? What did you think? Did you read the book, and if so, which did you prefer? And please tell me I'm not the only one out there who likes to read the book before seeing the movie adaptation!