Top critical review
Great book, BAD movie.
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2021
It seemed like a movie made by someone who'd heard about the story, but never read it. What was really strange was that the books author is seen in the extras, looking like he was actively involved in the movie. He doesn't seem drugged or under duress, but he let this happen. A major difference in the movie is that while men have noise, the animals don't. Ness even comments in the extra features how Manchee's voice was important, as though he's unaware that in the movie, he's mute. If you watch the deleted scenes with the director's commentary, you catch a glimpse of a better movie. There are just so many changes and omissions, that it's hard to believe the author was involved.
I guess I'll end by saying, if you haven't read The Knife of Letting Go, you might find things to enjoy in this film. If you do, read the book afterwards and see what you'll otherwise miss.