As you may already know, in Tome Out, I already ripped to shreds, the book of Confessions of a Shopaholic.
I was more than pissy with the book and I could not believe someone could be so financially stupid for the sake of fashion. MOH and I went to see the film last night (yes, I know 2 movies in 2 days but we are on holiday atm so it’s totally called for.) Settling into our regular seats, back row, middle with great surveillance views on who is coming into the theatre, I thought it might just be us, a single down the front and a rather loud bogan couple to the right of us. Considering that Confessions… is in its 4th or 5th week here, I thought everyone who wanted to see it had done so already.
Anyhoo, to say the least, the movie was barely based on the first book in the Shopaholic series. Here are some oddities I found and I guess the directors/studio changed it so it would make for a better and more well-received story, along the lines of the way Devil Wears Prada changed.
- In the book: we meet Becky or Rebecca Bloomwood (as she likes to be called in the film) in Britain, film: Manhattan
- book: Rebecca works for a gardening magazine, film: at a finance magazine
- book: Tarquin is Suzie’s cousin, film: Tarquin is marrying Suzie (WTF???)
- book: Alicia is already Luke’s girlfriend, film: she randonly meets Luke in an elevator
There are plenty more things that have changed from literary contribution to cinematic version but all in all, it makes for a decent girlie flick if you have not read any of Sophie Kinsella’s books.
A few things worth mentioning that I found great about Confessions:
- the soundtrack was used well- using young female artists like Shontelle, Natasha Bedingfiled, Adrienne Bailon and others proved a successful collection of music to suit the film. It followed a trend to the hip and “in” lifestyle, not scattered like a lot of soundtracks these days
So we didn’t hate the movie.
In fact, we really liked it. The comedy was laugh out loud and the movie didn’t drag like the book.
3.5 out of 5 Stars. In gold lame, designed by Gucci.