Odd Thomas: Blu-Ray Review Comments - Mania.com


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PhillipBrian 4/1/2014 2:20:00 AM

 The movie has moments of greatness, but they are moments and they are mostly because of Anton grabbing the core of Odd Thomas, the novel hero, and bringing him to life. He is perfectly cast. I have read all the books in this series it is uneven too, but when it is good it is beyond good. This would make a better TV series than a movie, but the film is certainly entertaining if you get that the tone of the banter is meant to be like that of a Cary Crant and Katherine Hepburn flick its charming voice will find you. But it is modern day and people talking in that fashion in a modern setting is a hard sell. Anton does it well, but some of the other cast members do not. 

If one views Odd Thomas as a dramedy/horror, like the Frightners, it should play well. 

wolf1026 4/1/2014 7:17:56 AM

I havent' seen the movie yet but I am a huge koontz fan and have read all the books in theseries out yet as well as the graphic novel previews. What you have to remember about odd and his world is that its not about the evil of the supernatural but the evil of men. Odd always says in the books that the dead don't scare him as they can't diectly hurt us, its the living and the evil they can do that scares the hell out of him. koontz has always peppered his suspense(not horror) storries with lots of humor too, especially in the dialog between characters. Like I said I haven't seen it yet but ( BOOk SPOILERS possibly) I was disapointed that  Elvis ghost is not in it as his ghost following odd around was a big part of the series for the first 3 books. he was the only ghost who could change outfits and appeared somewhere he had never lived or visited. I like patton oswalt but his character of little ozzie is supose to be 300 pounds and a mystery writer not a sculptor who encourages odd to write his experiences down. and ozzie knows his secret too as does terri the owner of the diner that odd works at.

spiderhero 4/1/2014 11:09:43 AM

I've read Koontz for over 20 years & the Odd Thomas Books are among his best. I was excited to her the movie was being made & disappointed it didn't get much of a release. Having watched the movie, I'm thrilled. Really. It's a wonderful adaptation.

And to Mr. Janson: You mention oddball humor & horror in the film. That's exactly what Koontz does in his books. He meshes genres if you will. His writing is impossible to classify for that reason. You never know what you're going to get from him: A techno-love-story-horror-supernatural-thriller? The movie does a great job of showing that versatility.

And I have to say, even though my wife & I knew how it was going to end, we were both surprised by how much we were moved by it. If Sommers could bring this level of attention to characters to the rest of his film making, he could be one of the greats.

I want to buy the movie, but I think I'll wait until a new edition comes out that has some extras. The lack of them on the BluRay is disappointing.

VermithraxPejorative 4/1/2014 2:10:16 PM

Love the books but I just don't know how a single movie can do this fantastic character any justice. I agree, this should be a T.V. series instead. It would do real well on the small screen, and allow for more creative freedome with the books.



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