The Road Virus Heads North

Posted: April 9, 2005

I just saw the Dollar Baby The Road Virus Heads North and itís a quite good adaptation. There are some things that are different from what I imagined when I read the story though. Before I tell you what, please not that I donít feel that all the differences are bad, OK?

First the main character Richard Kimmel is a bit older then I imagined. This isnít worse or better, itís just different. When reading the story I got the impression he was in his 30ís but here he is in his 50ís I would guess. But like I said, itís not something that makes that big difference. The actor does a good job playing the role and thatís what important.

I also imagined that the painting was painted (!?!) but here itís a photo. I can see why this was done (it must have been easier to use photos then paintingsÖand cheaper) but I think the effect would have been better if it was a painting. The person in the photos is pretty scary though. It looks like a fellow from the 50ís with fangs.

Another thing is that in the movie everything happens so much faster then in the story. I can understand that itís because they have a shorter time to tell the story but a bit longer movie and a slower pace would have benefit the movie. As it is now the story is told a bit to fastÖespecially the ending. Itís 21 minutes now and another five minutes would have been very nice.

Lilja's final words about The Road Virus Heads North

The Road Virus Heads North is a good Dollar Baby. It follows the feeling of Kingís story even though some of the things have been changed. Itís no big changes so I can live with them and if you get a chance you should definitely see The Road Virus Heads North!

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