Saturday, January 18, 2014

Flowers in the Attic

-Louise Fletcher, Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson, Jeb Stewart Adams, Ben Granger, Lindsay Parker.

-An evil old woman keeps her four grandchildren under lock and key in the family mansion. Based on the V.C. Andrews best-seller.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past three decades, you are fully aware of Flowers in the Attic and have probably read the book - several times!  I know that I certainly have. In fact, I have read most of V.C. Andrews books. Flowers in the Attic being the first, and will probably always be my most favorite.

So naturally when the 1987 movie based on the book came out, I was THRILLED!!! Soon to be followed by extreme disappointment. Let me be frank. It totally failed!! 

Let me just say - in it's defense - that for me, I find that whichever you are exposed to first will always be your favorite. If you read a book before seeing the movie - you will love the book and the movie will never be as good. And the same goes the other way around. If you see the movie first - the book will leave you lost.

It was definitely that way for me with the first movie. And had I been doing reviews back then, the movie would have certainly gotten one box of popcorn - only because my rating system does not have a 0.

With all of that said, Lifetime premiered a remake of Flowers in the Attic tonight. The 2014 version. The previews looked amazing and I was excited. Yet scared. I wanted to love it. 

The truth is that although I am not sure I can say that I loved it ... I didn't hate it. I might even watch it once more. However I am not sure I could watch it a third time.

It was certainly way better than the 1987 version. And did bring me back to the book. I found myself drawn into the scenes. And was at times quite surprised by my reactions to the portrayal of the story. Which of course I already knew. It felt familiar - yet fresh.

If you have not seen the movie and have not read the book. I suggest you read the book before you watch the movie. It is after all a best-seller for a reason. And you really cannot go wrong with any of the V.C. Andrews series'. At least not the earlier ones, written by the actual author.

You should however be advised, if you have not read the book - the story does involve violence, and abuse, incest and can be offensive to those who are very sensitive. 

I will say that I am looking forward to see what Lifetime does with the making of Petals on the Wind, the second book of the five book series. No movie of the second book has been done, so I am really curious to see how that plays out.

I will be giving Flowers in the Attic three boxes of popcorn. It might even deserve three and a half - but again, there are not half boxes here. It's all or nothing people! Ha!