Reading the novel Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk, followed by watching the movie Choke by director Clark Greeg, puts the words you previously read, to life, on screen. There wasn’t much difference between the novel and the book in the general Story line. The main character Victor Mancini, a medical school dropout, con artist, and sex addict makes a living being a colonial “tour guide” as his mother put it, as well as pretending to choke in ritzy restaurants, taking money from the people who have saved him from his close encounters with death. Come on, how else is he supposed to keep his mother alive and pay her nursing home bills? His character in the movie fit the books description like a glove.
The dark yet comical mood of the movie is the same as in the book. The book is very repetitive; the movie pushes you through the story swiftly, still getting the valid points across.
Ida, Victor’s mother isn’t the greatest role model for a child to have. She is a junkie, criminal, and we later find out a kidnapper. (Throughout the story we see her kidnapping victor from his foster families, but the big surprise doesn’t come until the end when we find out that Victor isn’t even her child. She stole him out of a stroller in Waterloo, Iowa when he was a baby. ) Needless to say, Ida’s character was perfectly portrayed as imagined from the book in the movie.
Paige Marshall, the “doctor” who we find out was really a patient the whole time played a great “under cover nut,” in the movie and in the book. You really would not have been able to pin her out as a patient until you saw or read her bracelet drop.
Denny, Victor’s best friend and fellow sex addict, isn’t as hardcore in the movie as he is in the book, yet blends right into the story line without causing so much chaos.
Personally I don’t feel like there was as much reference to sexual relations or contact between actual people in the movie, as there was jam packed into the book. Although we do see it in Victor’s...
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