The Body and Stand by Me

After reading the book, The Body, and watching the remake film of it called Stand by Me, there were a lot of comparisons I’ve made between the both of them.

For the most part, the film did not quite live up to the book as I had imagined it would. Although there were similarities between them, I found that there were more differences in the movie compared to the novel. The film did not portray the same emotions and feelings as much as it had clearly shown in the book. The characters in the Stand by Me film were pretty close to how I pictured they’d look like when I was reading the novel, and the film definitely did not capture all of the same emotions and themes as the book. Overall, there were many differences were spotted in the Stand by Me film compared to The Body novel. The film did not capture the same emotions/feelings as the book. There were certain scenes that did not have that same sincere emotion that was described in the novel.

There were scenes that did portray well, such as the scene where Gordie was getting chased at the dumpsite by Milo and his dog Chopper. That trembling feeling was definitely felt in that one and it made you want to get out of your seat. Although that part was presented great, there were more parts of the film that didn’t present itself as well. For example, the raining scene where Ace and his gang wanted the body from Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern. This scene differed because it did not have rain pouring down to set the emotion like the book did. If Gordie had pouring rain dripping down his face as he held the gun right at Ace, that would have made it way more intense. That caused the scene to lack emotion. Another part that wasn’t so well was the deer scene.

In the novel, the deer walked across Gordie on the train tracks and he got to have that sincere care-free moment as the deer hadn’t attacked him. It was definitely heartfelt and the emotions were pouring out as you read each word. But …

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