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Freak the Mighty Book Vs. Movie

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Selena Sun

on 16 October 2014

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Transcript of Freak the Mighty Book Vs. Movie

The book version of Freak the Mighty gives clues to big parts of the story which creates more tension leading up to the climax and even the end. Philbrick was foreshadowing to build up tension. For example, when Max went to the hospital, the nurse said, “Better page Dr. Spivak, Kevin was her patient.” By using past tense instead of present tense, Philbrick gave us a clue so that the ending wouldn’t be as dramatic. While in the movie, Kevin passed in his sleep, and it felt too sudden.
Freak the Mighty, Rodman Philbrick
Freak the Mighty, Rodman Philbrick
In the movie, it seemed like Max stood up and cared for Kevin more than Kevin stood up for him. In the book, Kevin stood up for Max, and Max didn’t really know what to do when facing these situations. One example of Kevin standing up for Max in the book is when Kevin and Max ran into Tony D, Kevin was the one who dissed Tony D by saying, “CRETIN. C-R-E-T-I-N. Defined as one who suffers from mental deficiency.”
In the movie, Max seems to develop a super strength. When Kevin and Max fished Loretta’s purse out of the storm drain, Kevin climbed up and was safe while Max scared Tony D and his gang away.
The elements of the book are just fantastic, the way Philbrick weaves together the moving story of how 2 “freaks” help each other realize the value of friendship. Although the movie does a decent job on hitting the main plots and expressing emotions, it still has a long way to catch up with the book.
Freak the Mighty, Rodman Philbrick
In the movie version it seemed like there was no hope that Killer Kane was actually innocent, but in the book, Killer Kane was actually quite convincing. In the movie, all Killer Kane did was say that he didn’t kill anybody. In the book, he swore on the bible, and talked about becoming a Reverend.
Selena Sun
Freak the Mighty Book Vs. Movie
The book version of Rodman Philbrick’s Freak the Mighty delivers the clear portrayal of Max, and the powerful message of friendship, while the movie version doesn’t have as strong of a message
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