Director: James Ponsoldt. Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton. 110 min. Rated PG-13. UAE/USA. Sci-fi/Thriller.
This is a disaster. Not because it's a heavy-handed adaptation of the novel's palpable, foreboding story (boring static shots of people talking about a rousing subject), and not because it's a waste of great casting choices (most notably, Emma Watson). It's because the writers do what Ron Howard did with Inferno: changing the story's appropriately dark ending, to a happy ending. And not just any happy ending; a stupid happy ending - where the villain (a brilliant actor) at the end claims: "We're f---ed." Yep, that's how we suddenly realize the good guys won and the bad guys lost. We're f---ed.
PS: Strange. Both Paxton and Headly, who play Watson's parents in the movie, have died in the past few months.