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Glad to see there are other fans of Enduring Love here! :D


(Spoiler alert!)


I have seen the film adaptation too and I thought they did an excellent job of adapting the book to screen.


I think the films opening scene beautifully captures the idyllic setting (and in ways Joe and Clarissa's world) being shattered by a freak event - I felt exactly as I had done throughout the opening chapter of the book, completely terrified and unable to breath through out!


I though Craig and Ifans were superb in the lead roles, Craig (and I actually do think he looks very un-bond like here which is good!) perfectly depicts how Joe's calm sense of rational is destroyed and how he becomes more and more isolated throughout the film. Ifans also beautifully captures Jed's desperation, loneliness but also the menacing danger he presents to Joe and his loved ones.


One scene which is not captured in the film is the one in the restaurant where Jed initially tries to shoot Joe, Joe is the only person who sees Jed, and this is where Clarissa and the police (when Joe notifies the police) begin to question Joe's version of events. I would have liked to have seen that event captured in the film as I felt it was important (as it made us the reader really question Joe's perception of events and sense of reality) but it's my only minor gripe!

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To be fair I don't think Joe could have invited Jed in "for a chat" as Clarissa suggested. It seems to me that with the level of the condition he had nothing that anyone could have said would have convinced Jed he was being unreasonable. Also he did try to talk to Clarissa but she just got frustrated and made out he was losing it. :s I'll have to watch the film now. I still felt sorry for Jed, even after everything he did.

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