The Movie Version of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

by Rachel Baker on April 19, 2015

Below is a review of the movie True Story. This movie is based on True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa. Based on the movie review, I can’t tell if its better to read the book before or after the film. Both of the actors are pretty good and I can’t believe the movie sucks, but I’m not running out to see it, based on the review.

That said, I can’t help but wonder if the movie marketing was taken from book marketing. As we know, what’s on a book jacket, or in the publicist’s media packets are completely subjective.

I think I may add this book to my bookstack and then read it right before watching it when it comes to netflix or HBO.

Here’s the Article: The Journalist and the Murderer

The title of True Story, taken from the memoir it’s based upon, seems to assure the audience of a mind-blowing premise. You won’t believe what you’re about to hear, it implies. The film’s presumed hero, journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill), was flying high at the New York Times before suddenly crashing after it emerged that he had falsified an article. Recuperating at home in Montana, he learns that a fugitive named Christian Longo (James Franco), accused of murdering his family, has adopted Finkel’s name while on the lam. Now in jail, and supposedly a fan, he offers Finkel the exclusive rights to his story—and a chance at redemption. So far so gripping, but despite the promise of the original tale, this filmed adaptation from director Rupert Goold feels oddly underwhelming.

At heart, Finkel’s story is one about manipulation. After combining several narratives into one composite character in an article on the African slave trade, Finkel lost his job at The Times, damaging his career enough to make Longo’s offer intriguing. Longo was, by all accounts, a monstrous man—with a preponderance of evidence linking him to the strangling of his wife and the drowning of their four children—but he professed himself a fan of Finkel’s work, and wanted to learn how to write from him.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin

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