I dont’ think that I have any spoilers in here, but if I do, deal with it. You’ve been warned.
First off, I enjoyed this book immensley. I’m not religous as some of my co-workers that have ready it several times over the past couple of years. But I enjoyed the time that I read it. The contest alone gets you excited, cheering for the kid from nothing to beat all the odds is captivating. It gets you rooting for the underdog from the begining. Its filled with pop culture references from my youth which just adds that extra little bit to it.
I figured that there would be some changes to the movie from the book and I was not wrong. They set the scene from the very beginning that there would be a lot of call backs to the 80s and 90s. From Van Halen’s Jump in the open shot to classic cars, movie and video game references all the way through. They did it justice. The parts that they changed for the challenges made sense. It captured a lot of the themes that captured the essences of the book. Here is this impossible quest that if you have the key piece of knowledge, you can get through. Encouraging the folks with nothing but time on their hands to do research and play video games to have a chance to win it all.
If you are the type of person that is going to be upset if they change anything from the book, then you are going to have a tough time with this movie. If you can go with the flow, I think you’ll enjoy it and see that it does justice to the book. I’d recommend it to anyone and I’ll definitely watch it again.