When I hear that a book I love is going to be made into a movie, I hold my breath. Figuratively, of course. But over the years, books I’ve loved have been made into movies, some I end up loving, and some that I don’t love (so much or not at all), so when I heard they were finally going to make a movie version of Janet Evanovich’s One For The Money, I was both thrilled and apprehensive.
I mean, I LOVE Stephanie Plum. I love Joe. I love Grandma Mazur, Lula, and the whole gang. I even love Ranger (although being Cuban myself, I am convinced that Ranger is NOT Cuban, but that is a post for another day.) Ten years ago I would have cast Sandra Bullock as Stephanie, but let’s face it, Sandy is just too old to play Stephanie. I know of die hard Evanovich fans who were not so thrilled when it was announced that Katherine Heigl would play the role of Evanovich’s infamous bounty hunter. They were leery of the whole venture. Afraid that Hollywood would muck it up. I know the movie is getting bad reviews everywhere. But I’m here to tell you that having seen the film twice now I can say that this Stephanie Plum fan is satisfied with the results.
Is Katherine Heigl my perfect vision of Stephanie? No. Is Jason O’Mara who I would have cast as Joe Morelli? Probably not. But it works. I loved the chemistry these two had on screen. And although Daniel Sunjata is not Hispanic, I thought he pulled off the role of Ranger pretty well. And I LOVED, yes, loved, Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur. I just wish we would have had more screen time with her, but I understand why the director chose to play it the way she did. To give Grandma more screen time would have seriously stolen the movie from the main characters and detracted from the main plot, but I would have loved just one teensy tiny funeral parlor scene. Just one.Oh, and Sherri Shepherd as Lula was perfect. Again, not who I ever pictured in the role (can you say Queen Latifah?) but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by her.
A day hadn’t gone by after seeing One For The Money, that I opened up a magazine while waiting to get my hair done, (you know, one of those Hollywood gossip magazines), and found, to my horror, that Tom Cruise has been selected to play Jack Reacher, from the Lee Child novels. I found an article on the Internet about it right here. He’s set to play Reacher in a film version of Child’s novel, One Shot. For anyone not familiar with Lee Child’s novels (where have you been?) Jack Reacher is well, he’s sexy as hell. He’s also 6’5″ tall, has blond hair and blue eyes and is about 36 years old. I have nothing against Tom, I really don’t, but what are they THINKING? I am both thrilled and apprehensive. So I guess it starts all over again. Argh!
What about you? Any favorite books that have been turned into movies? What did you think about the casting?