Title: My Sister’s Keeper
Director: Nick Cassavetes
My first blog review was on My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. After finishing the book, I went online and researched the movie. The movie stars Abigail Breslin as Anna Fitzgerald, Sofia Vassilieva as Kate Fitzgerald, Cameron Diaz as Sara Fitzgerald, and Alec Baldwin as Campbell.
The movie remains faithful to the book with two major differences. One is the protagonist. One is the ending.
Protagonist difference: In the novel, though chapters are told through different characters’ eyes the prominent protagonist is Anna. In the movie, stories are told from Kate’s perspective as she leafs through a scrapbook in the hospital.
Ending difference: In the book, Anna wins the court case and Campbell drives her home afterward. However, she’s in a car accident and is left brain-dead. Campbell allows the kidney to be donated, and Kate goes into remission and stays in remission for at least six years. In the movie, the verdict of the court case isn’t brought immeditealy after the trial. The verdict of the court case is brought to Anna a few days after Kate dies in her sleep at the hospital. I read on Jodi’s website that the ending was changed against her wishes.
Another difference are the ages of Kate and Anna. Kate is fifteen—she was sixteen in the book—and Anna is eleven—she was thirteen in the book. I guess when dramatic rights are sold, the director can do pretty much whatever he or she wants.
I really liked this movie, and I do recommend it, but only if you weren’t so attached to the book. If you don’t mind the differences, I’d watch it.