Coming soon to a theatre near you!
By soon I mean it’s going to open on September 16th. Starring Elijah Wood, Everything is Illuminated is based on the critically-acclaimed and best selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. The movie (according to the Warner Bros. press kit)
…tells the story of a young man’s quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. What starts out as a journey to piece together one family’s story under the most absurd circumstances turns into a surprisingly meaningful journey with a powerful series of revelations — the importance of remembrance, the perilous nature of secrets, the legacy of the Holocaust, the meaning of friendship and, most importantly, love.
Hopefully the screen adaptation won’t suck. But now, those less literate amongst you can see the film and pretend to have read the book when engaged in witty conversation with people that read. Make it a point to kvetch about how the movie completely failed to capture Foer’s charming word play sprinkled throughout the novel. Praise the metafictional angle, order a double espresso and pat yourself on the back for being such a smarty pants.