The Outsiders Movie Sucks

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You likely have read The Outsiders, or are reading it now, as many schools in the United States talk about and have students read The Outsiders. I personally enjoyed the book, due to being well written and having a resolute ending. It was a nice return to reading after not having picked up a book in the past few months. Our English teacher told us from the beginning that we would be watching the movie, which I did look forward to. However, crying scene after crying scene, after greed, what was originally going to be an enjoyable visual representation of a great book became something else entirely; and that something else… is horrible.

The movie was flawed for many reasons, and we will first go over the root of the problem. That is because this movie is a carbon copy of the book. A book and movie are two different forms of entertainment that have their own strengths and weaknesses. This usually leads to a film adaptation of something having a crutch. To make a good book, movie, or any other form of entertainment, you need passion. This film has no passion, and was made mainly for monetary purposes and to ride off the book, or at least it appears to be like that.

Most “book- movies” are based on a book, not direct copies of the book. This means that the director will adapt the idea, and make their own interpretation of the book into a movie. A quick search gives me a list of movies like this: Hidden Figures; The Pianist; Casino; Midnight Express: etc. However, The Outsiders does not belong on this list, as it has not been transformed at all, but at the same time, doesn’t even feel loyal to the book. Many of these issues are because of the music. Something tense, like the rumble, or certain scenes meant to be sad, have some other goofy voice singing some upbeat song as Socs try to kill Ponyboy. It messes with the tone of the book, and what the movie’s tone is supposed to be.

Another horrible part of the movie was the acting. Most of the characters had no chemistry and lead to many awkward scenes, especially the ones that involved any sort of crying. The only characters that were somewhat enjoyable to watch were Johnny, Dally, and Ponyboy to an extent, besides the voice. Darry was the worst in my opinion, and Steve was basically non-existent. Crying scenes were another nightmare  of themselves that often revealed the “acting talent” of the people crying.

These are my complaints on The Outsiders movie, what I consider its major flaws. Without these issues, this movie wouldn’t be as bad, and could have actually been enjoyed as much as the book.

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