....is a perfectly good zombie movie, which I would have liked had I not met its much smarter cousin, the book it was supposedly based upon.
This is why I no longer wish to be that person who reads a book in preparation for the movie's debut. It serves me poorly. I would be better off in most cases not reading the book at all before its movie comes out than to read it shortly before the movie becomes out. Once the fog of forgetfulness sets in, and I'm happy to recognize a general resemblance between book and movie, I'm a forgiving viewer. Before the fog of forgetfulness? Then I'll just want my money back because they took a sort of "thinking person's" zombie book and turned it into a more or less run-of-the-mill zombie movie in comparison. The two are so dissimilar with the book lurking in my recent memory that it practically seems that this movie was just stealing the name of a book for a recognition boost with little effort to re-create virtually any of the book's situations on film. Admittedly, I guessed that World War Z would be a tough book to take to the big screen, but it's almost like they didn't even try.
Happily, the one great effect of this going to see movie World War Z is that it actually made me appreciate book World War Z much more. I finished it earlier this month and found it to be a good read, but I didn't realize just how much I was captivated by it until strikingly little of it was to be found in the movie.
Truly, World War Z is a thinking man's zombie novel, a novel that can easily satisfy your inner zombie nerd and your inner international relations dork at the very same time. If you want a story that makes you think about life, the world, the future (uh, with or without zombies), and everything, read World War Z. If you're more in the market for an action-packed thrill ride with a sympathetic hero who will stop at nothing to save the world and his family from zombie apocalypse, watch World War Z. Ah, but to enjoy both, this might just be one of those rare occasions where you would be better served watching the movie first and enjoying it on its own terms before you tackle the much (much!!) more thorough and compelling book.
Did you read the book? See the movie? Both? What did you think?