Manyblockbuster films within this day and age have been found to be based off books.Some directors put their own twist to the film and others try to cinematicallydepict the story straight from the book. This is the case with the film of ADoll’s House. Many scenes from the film are almost exactly the way they arein the book and the overall film has the exact same idea as the original book,where Nora leaves her husband and children to go to live in the city.
Someviewers prefer the book version and others the cinematic version. The cinematicversion is much more realistic and nails every character’s features andbehaviors from the book. Myfavorite character within the play is Nora, the role her character plays as withinthe film keeps film interesting and gives the play some flavor. She brings lifeto both book and the movie, she truly represents an early form of feminism as acharacter. The movie genuinely portrays her exactly the way she is spoken aboutand depicted within the book, the way she lies, what she lies about, hercharisma and larger than life take on everything. Themost obvious point where the similarities can be strongly seen is the introductionfor the book and the movie. Within the beginning of the movie one of the maincharacters “Nora Helmer” rides on a horse carriage and enters into herillustrious home, bearing many gifts for herself, her children and her husband.
She then eats a macaroon and hides it within a pouch so her husband “Torvald”won’t find out. Nora then enters into a room where her husband does his studiesand greets him. They later have a conversation about gifts and Nora begins tobeg Torvald for some money. Her husband then asked her what she would dowithout him if he had died one day and tells Nora that she must learn how tosave her money. Within the book this introduction is just the same way as thefilm.
Although, the film portrays this scene much better visually because thecharacters show their emotions when they speak to one another and have arealistic tone of voice.Withinthe ending of the film, the scene starts off with Torvald and Nora coming backfrom the party and Kristine, Nora’s friend, is sitting in their home and knittingwaiting for them to return. Kristinespeaks with Nora about the whole situation with Krogstad’s debt and somehowmanages to convince Nora to tell her husband about her secret debt. AlthoughNora did everything in her power so that her husband would not find out aboutthe debt it did not work. Torvald reads Krogstad’s letter and scolds his wife.Shortly after Krogstad leaves a letter in the mailbox, within this letter wasIOU. Torvald burns the IOU and speaks to Nora, forgiving her for what she hasdone.
Although, when they do speak with seriousness, Nora realized that foreight years her and Torvald haven’t once spoken in that manner. She then tellsTorvald that she wants to leave him and the kids and live by herself in thecity, leaving her duties as a wife and a mother.Themovie was depicted the exact same way the book was, in many aspects even betterthan the book. The director put his own little spin on the play keeping thesame story and dialogues but making the film much more interesting at the sametime. I feel that the movie is better than the book in many aspects, eventhough I prefer books over films, the film was amazing overall.