One of the things I loved about the book was the quirkiness of Stargirl and how she didn't care. Sure she had a moment f doubt when people started bullying her, but in the end she decided to stay true to herself. Some of this was lost in the movie.
Yes, it was still lighthearted, nostalgic and fun. But Stargirl wasn't as "over-the-top" as I had always pictured her. She still sang the ukulele (although, not to sing happy birthday to everyone, just to Leo). She still had her rat (though you only saw it twice in the movie) and she still brought team spirit to the school. But certain quirks were missing, like her happy wagon.
And the "bully/conform to norm" plot was rushed. The "bullying" was one scene at the Hot Seat show. The "conform to norm" was one outside park bench scene and a speech half scene. In less than 15 minutes, she was back to wanting to be herself. If I was a teen who saw only the movie, I wouldn't sympathize with her. "She only gave it two days," I would think. "What was so bad about those two days." And in the end, she was the one who broke up with Leo and not the other way around. This makes Stargirl the bad one who didn't give normal a chance, instead of Leo not giving weird a chance (as was the case in the book).
All in all, I think Disney could have done a little better. It's not a bad adaptation, but I felt that if they only took the time to really think about who Stargirl was in the book, the movie may have been just that much better,
To see a comparison of book vs. move, check out Elite Daily's review.
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