OK, we're back.
First of all, would cellphone users PLEASE turn off your phones in a theater! Good grief! And worse, would you please not answer and talk! Sheesh!
OK, now that I've got that off my chest...
When the movie started out and people were laughing at all the cute scenes I found I was actually enjoying the film and could go with the flow. Maybe I'd desensitized myself from feeling angry at the depiction of Bea. (Art has echoed my observations.) I was surprised that I picked up quite a few things that I missed at our first viewing on our home TV. Hmmm... maybe I need a bigger screen TV?
My mother says she thought the scenery in the film was very beautiful and fun to see. We could all see why there is a sudden influx of Japanese tourists to Honoka'a. There were also some gently humorous scenes that we could appreciate.
However, my mother says they certainly changed what was in the book when they put it on the screen. She also said Bea's character was definitely altered from the book. Another website said the movie was loosely based on the book. So there you have it. Loosely...
We spent the ride home critiquing the inadequate script writing, the bad editing, etc. but then again, a lot of people seemed to be enjoying the movie and there was applause at the end. And to cap it all, my mother says she enjoyed the movie. Now I know how Siskel and Ebert (Chicago movie critics) must have felt.