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In the Tall Grass Review: These Book Adaptions Are Just Not Working

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I don’t mostly end up liking movies that are based off on books. The sole reason being that I always find the book better and the movies lacking. Though I had high hopes from In the Tall Grass, I also knew deep down that I was going to be let down. And that is exactly what happened. In the Tall Grass, is a new movie adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Stephen King is hugely popular these days, not that he wasn’t before, but now his movies are big number blockbusters. However, In the Tall Grass isn’t even a bit of that. Why am I being for harsh, you’ll find out soon.

Everything Good in, In the Tall Grass

I’ll start off with something that I actually appreciated regarding the movie. But this paragraph won’t be that long because there really wasn’t much that I liked. In the Tall Grass starts off with siblings Becky and Cal DeMuth embarking on a road trip together. With the pregnant Becky feeling nauseous, they pull over so she can regroup. While the car is stopped, Becky and Cal hear a young boy, Tobin Humbolt crying for help in a grassy field, saying he and his parents are lost. Becky and Cal decide to do the right thing and search for the Humbolts, but they soon discover this is no ordinary field and they’ve entered a dangerous maze where there’s no means of escape.

I quite like the opening act. The first 20 minutes of the movie are the best. They follow the book to the dot and its perfect. Vincenzo Natali’s direction is perfect and these first 20 minutes lulled me into a false sense of security. And then the reality came crashing down on me.

Everything Bad – And Everything is BAD

Just as the first twenty minutes are over, the movie starts to drag. You want it to just end. I mean you will have the choice to stop watching it but I didn’t. I had to write this review so that you would not suffer as much as I did. I know I’m being unreasonably harsh but you know it’s annoying when book adaptations go wrong. And they always do go wrong. But I’ll be objective. So, the following are the reasons why I didn’t like In the Tall Grass.

Patrick Wilson Needs to be Cast in Other Movies

I feel like everyone is going to leave this review after reading this heading but I’ve got reasons. Wilson is a good actor. But it’s always the same character all over again. I’m done seeing him in horror films. He needs to play another role in Hollywood.

It’s So Far Away from the BOOK

You saw this one coming, I know. As an avid reader, I don’t like book adaptations. Why? Because movies never get the essence right, the characters don’t look like the characters, they’re missing major plots, to say the least. And In the Tall Grass doesn’t even attempt to make an exception. I didn’t feel anything for the characters. I just couldn’t connect them to the ones I read about. They just seemed so different. You couldn’t feel the suspense in the movie as you would in a book. I’m not blaming the actors. Harrison Gilbertson, Rachel Wilson, Laysla De Oliviera, and Avery Whitted did the best they could with what they were given. Unfortunately, it wasn’t up to the mark.

Rating

I’m giving In the Tall Grass a 4 out 10. The 4 is for the first 20 minutes only. The movie is 101 minutes long. It’s your decision now. Though I would suggest watching the first 20 minutes and then reading the book.  A combination perfect for the spooky season.

So, if you really like a good horror story, I suggest you skip the movie and read the book instead.

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