The Road was both a phenomenal book and film. While reading The Road I was both intrigued and interested as to how Hollywood would portray this story, and after seeing the movie I was impressed with how closely the film followed the book. Though the book was enticing and unusual the movie quickly surpassed the book in my opinion. Though the movie followed the book closely, there were some differences such as the amount of flashbacks the father has, the illusion of hope, and the play out of certain events.
A long time has passed since the idea that “The book is better than the movie” was accepted without question. Most of the time, if the movies follow an original script and there is no book version to compare it to, it is most likely to be seen as a great piece of work. However, when a film is present to be compared against a novel, it is inevitably not as great as the original work. There is also a limitation on films due to their format. A three-hour film is considered extremely long and lengthy, and most directors and filmmakers generally try and cut crop and edit out unnecessary and uneventful parts of a certain book to fit a golden rule of thumb that allows for movies to be about two hours long. Because a book adaptation is meant to tell the gist of the story, it is usually concentrated on making it possible to grasp the overall plot in one sitting.
The movie surpassed the book because of the way Hollywood made the events in the movie stand out more in my mind and brought a lot more emotion and feeling to the scenes. As expected, the trailer is really playing up the post-apocalyptic imagery and more genre/thriller elements. The movie portrayed many of the important events that took place in the book and didn't leave out any detail. By watching the movie it helped me understand and bring to life the story.
One way that the movie differed from the book was the amount of flashbacks the father has of his wife. In the book the