When I first heard that “My Sister’s Keeper” would be adapted into a movie I was fairly excited. I thought the book was an excellent read and it was one I had a hard time putting down. After seeing what they did with it, I want my money back.
I’m going to try not to spoil this too much, but be forewarned something might slip out.
The premise of the story surrounds the fitsgerrald family, who’s middle child Kate, suffers from Acute Prosilometic Lukemia (APL). After undergoing a series of tests, and checking the family to see if anyone is a potential limphasite donor, it is suggested that the family consider having a child who would be a perfect match for Kate. Andromeda, Anna, is conceived and genetically manipulated to have the right biological trates that will make her the perfect donor.
After several years and multiple medical procedures, Kate finally needs a kidney. At this point, Anna sues her parents for medical emancipation.
The story continues from this point explaining the court proceedings, the medical issues, and examining how different family members feel about what is now happening, and what has happened in the past.
My major problem with the film is the lack of character development and human interest. THe book explores aspects of why people react to what is happening, and you get a greater sense of why they do the things they do. Many of the subplots which offer the opportunity for redemption of certain characters are eliminated or drastically reduced.
As an example, the presence of Camble Alexander’s, Anna’s lawyer, service dog and it’s actions during one scene makemuch less sense in the film and possibly could have been eliminated.
Perhaps some of this missing character development was present in the purely visual scenes of the film, but I didn’t really get that impression.
my biggest disappointment was the change in the ending. I don’t mean a minor change either. The entire ending was rewritten a and i believe it removed a lot from the final product. The original ending grabs you, tosses you to the ground, sits on your chest and says, “Ha, nothing is what you thought it was.” The ending of the film however, is predictable and took away from the power of the original. The book’s ending might not have been something that happens every day, but metaphorically, it demonstrates that life is rarely what it pretends to be and things are rarely what they seem. It was just a much more powerful statement and added a lot to the story.
Some of you saw this film, some of you even cried during it, but I was just disappointed in the entire thing. Feel free to tell me what I missed in the comments (potential spoilers are fine, so those of you who don’t want to know things, don’t read).