I’ve heard people speak about the movie Jasper Jones and felt quite bemused because it doesn’t sound particularly like the book I remember reading. Parts of it – yes, but I don’t remember the strong emphasis on Jasper’s aboriginality. Looking back at my own blogpost about the book, I appear to be a bit underwhelmed and puzzled by the hype. I didn’t buy the basic premise of the plot – i.e. that Charlie would feel compelled to get involved – and I must admit that I still feel that way.
So I didn’t have great expectations of the movie (which was not my choice to see). But I was pleasantly surprised. The acting was excellent, particularly Toni Collette as Charlie’s mother, who had slipped my memory completely from the book. The small Western Australian timber town was captured faithfully, and it was a satisfying coming-of-age story that evoked shades of To Kill a Mockingbird. I really enjoyed it
My rating: 8.5/10