Last year, I had read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and I had loved it. The book is about a girl called Melinda, who refuses to speak after calling cops to a party. It’s a powerful book about rape and its aftermath, and I would recommend it to everyone.
Anyway, when I had read that book, I had found out about the Speak (the graphic novel) and the movie, and I had wanted to watch it since. I watched it about two weeks ago (because I was listening to Kristen Stewart talk about “all of her movies” and realized she didn’t talk about Speak, and, as someone who loves books, I was extremely gutted!) and I have so many thoughts and most of them are about this movie making me sob.
Speak is an indie film, and to be honest, I love indie movies. As an avid reader, I feel that most of the books are better than their movie adaptations. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Even though I knew it was gonna be powerful and tear-jerking, I was constantly comparing it with the book while watching, until I realized the book and the movie were very separate from each other and nothing alike, and comparing them was like comparing apples and oranges.
I haven’t loved any movie adaptation of a book as much as I loved Speak. It’s gut-wrenching and strong and important.
The movie is about speaking up without literally speaking up. It’s the story of a young girl who is screaming silently for help, but no one hears.
I think you should know what you stand for, not just what you’re against. You should be able to show how things can be better.
There were instances in the movie where characters speak up against racism, discrimination and other sorts of evils. And that made the movie so beautiful.
I love Kristen Stewart–she’s an amazing actor, and she was only about 13 or 14 in that movie I guess, but she was such a wonderful actor even at that age. She played Melinda really well at that age, and I can’t tell you all how much I have started appreciating the actor after watching this movie. There were so many serious scenes that could be distressing for a teenager to act and she acted with such sincerity and dedication.
I was totally blown away by the movie. Everything just felt right whereas I don’t remember loving the book as much as I loved the movie. I also started wondering why some movies are made, using the resources just for the sake of money when they are not really needed! But I guess that’s very ignorant to say because we need all sorts of movies. It’s just that movies like these make me feel so many things. And that’s why I loved it.
There’s only a few movies that make you feel something, and Speak is probably gonna be one of them! If you skip out on the book for some reason, do watch the movie. It’s very beautiful, powerful, and will make you sob.
Have you read or watched Speak? What did you think of the book and the movie? Did they make you feel something? Let’s talk in the comments.
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