The Perfect Storm Compare & Contrast: : Movie to Book The Perfect Storm is a novel written by Sebastian Junge r, that retells the horrific story of fishermen and sailors who were caught in the eye of the worst storm in history. The book mainly focuses on the Andrea Gail, a sword fishing boat, with a crew of 6 men, who disappeared without a trace deep into the northern atlantic sea. In the year 2000, almost 10 years after the tragic event took place, a motion picture, perfectly titled, The Perfect Storm which was based on the novel was released. There were subtle to few changes in the plot line of the story, however there were many differences among the book and movie. The movie is very intact with the plot and is very based on the real story behind it.
I believe the creator of the movie wanted, to whatever extent possible, recreate the events that happened in the storm as factual and according to the book itself. The movie, however, left out a tremendous amount of rich details that were a part of the book, such as varying kinds of information and direct quotes from people who were associated with the storm. The movie instead added more events to the story that weren’t in the book, to add more dept to the movie and to make it more enjoyable. While watching the movie, I could see that the main characters in the book, both their names and traits, were the same in both the movie and book. However, aside from that there were many different aspects between the movie and the novel. Unlike the book, which spoke about other boats that were caught in the mist of the storm, the movie mainly focused on the Andrea Gail, a sword fishing boat, which was heading straight into the eye of three storms colliding.
The same story all with the same plot, same characters, and in the end the exact same sorrowful outcome. Both the book and the film are about the same story called An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, but somehow it seems like you get a much better picture and realization of the story and what is going on if you read it on paper opposed to film. The story does unquestionably take numerous ...
The movie didn’t portray an important aspect, when the Andrea Gail was replacing and upgrading its gears in the beginning, but the book did. That played a key role in why the Andrea Gail was caught in the storm in the first place. The ice machine had broken down leaving the crew with no choice but to return home, which meant heading into the storm, otherwise the fish they had worked so hard to catch would spoil, making a whole waste of the trip. There were also details within the book that offered much about the sea, the life of a fisherman, how a person dies, and storms, yet the movie failed to offer that.
That’s just one more argument for the debate of whether its better to read the book or watch the movie. There were certain plots that took place in the movie, but wasn’t mentioned in the book, if not then it was only briefly brought about. When the 6 men were out in the bar drinking and partying the night before they were off to sea once again, the book mentioned only briefly about Murph, one of the crewmen, “he has an ex-wife Debra, and a three-year-old baby, also named Dale, whom he openly adores.” In the movie, it showed Murph and his son, who wasn’t three years old, but older, in the movie, bonding that last night. However, the book never mentioned this event taking place.
The movie creator must have added that on to emphasis the effect their deaths would have on other people, like Murph’s son for example. Also, that night at the bar, another crewmember, Bugsy, had met a woman working at the bar, Irene, and the movie seemed to suggest a romance blossoming between the two. But, that romance along with the one sparking between the captain, Billy Tyne, and a woman named Linda, never occurred in the book. The movie also, to add drama to it, portrayed Murph getting bitten by a shark, when the book lacked that event. While in the book talks about how “no one knows exactly what happened to the boat in the last few moments of its life”, the movie showed that the boat was up against a raising wall wave, and in its attempt to turn around, the boat had flipped sending it undersea to die. Unlike the book, which ended on the note that no trace of the Andrea Gail was ever found after its last signal was made, the movie had a different ending.
The book, Of Mice and Men, is one that invokes thought in the reader. Although the book is well written, the movie does not come close to those same standards. After reading the book, then watchisng the movie, I saw some major differences as well as some insignificant differences. However, there were a few that were very obvious. One glaring difference that I saw involved the character simply ...
The movie depicted that all of the men on board the Andrea Gail had died in the boat, gasping for their last breathes as the water deprived them of air. All except Bobby Shat ford, the main character, who managed to swim out of the boat and float amongst the water. The movie ended at the funeral of the six men who died on the Andrea Gail, where their family members shed tears and talked to embrace and reminisce the lives of those men. Although there were many differences, as far as the book to the movie, the main idea of both was to demonstrate the brave struggle between the 6 men aboard the Andrea Gail, and “the perfect storm.” Neither the both nor the movie failed to achieve their point.