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Sean Cosgrove’s review published on Letterboxd:
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A very good movie that was mostly faithful to the source material despite some significant changes from the book. The book was amazing and one of the best books I have read in many years. Even though I loved the book I went in open-minded as I knew changes were made and honestly had to be made for the book to become a movie. I knew that the author was a co-writer on the screenplay so that gave me some confidence. One of the biggest changes from the book is that in the book Wade does not meet his friends in the real world until the end of the book. And his love interest Art3mis, he does not meet in person until the very end of the book, after he already has the egg. I could go on and on about differences but the core of the book is in the movie. I am sure Robert Cline wanted to be sure the most basic elements of his story remained the same and the did. I really enjoyed the movie and really it might be as good as the book, which is saying a lot. Just like the book, the movie is filled with 80's references and so it is updated for a wider audience it has some later and more modern references. So many pop culture references are seen throughout the movie that it will take multiple viewings to seen them all. It is a great film with a great story, a very fun adventure with a Willy Wonka feel and this is one of my favorite films of the year and I can't wait to watch it again and own it!