The witty dialogue
and powerful performances by the actors, namely Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Alden Ehrenreich and Emmy Rossum
are about the only things that saved this movie from being a disaster.
The book may be a rather predictable teen romance fiction, but Ms. Garcia and Stohl's more involved storyline (which even has a few admirable twists) was compressed in this movie into an insipid uninspiring tale of love.
There were parts of the story that could have been portrayed in more interesting ways, while others could have been left out altogether. There were more than a few portions that I wished could have been more faithful to the book.
The cuts and awful editing by Malaysia's Censorship Board to ensure that the movie would be palatable to a wider range of audience certainly did not help.
The movie actually had a star cast but it is a scandal how underutilised they were.
Having said all that though, it was reasonably good to watch.
It was only my high expectations of the movie that drove me to disappointment.
P.S. The soundtrack was quite engaging...