On Saturday, I went to the movie One For The Money. I read the book the night before and couldn’t wait to see how they converted it to the big screen.
As many of you know, I like to see the movie first, then read the book. After watching the movie, I stand by my claim. The book was way better!
I wanted to like it. I did. They cast the characters perfectly. The movie just ended up being…cute.
Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a local cop wanted for murder. Morelli…the bane of her childhood. Payback is going to be so good! Only Morelli is a little harder to get her hands on than she expected. Unwilling to give up, Stephanie digs into his life.
Handcuffs, guns, pepper spray, breaking and entering, stealing…this is her new life. Then Stephanie becomes the target. Morelli and Ranger do what they can to protect her. If she wants to stay alive, Stephanie must catch the real killer before he silences her forever.
Jason O’Mara played Morelli. When I read the book, I pictured him a little different. But as soon as O’Mara took the screen, he embodied Morelli. Isn’t he cute?
Ranger was played by Daniel Sunjata. He did an awesome job. The movie had more sexual tension between the two than I picked up in the book. This is one spot where I felt the movie was better.
Katherine Heigl was the perfect Stephanie Plum. That was until they started to diviate away from the book.
So what went wrong?
They removed all the angst and grittiness from the story. They made it a romantic comedy and took out everything else that made the book so good. A lot of the details were changed or removed altogether.
I think if I hadn’t read the book first, it would have been better. The only reason I’m giving the movie three stars is because they casted the characters so well.