So I just watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I can safely say that it is one of the most perfect films I've ever seen, if not the best. The casting was just perfect, the acting was incredible, everything clicked wonderfully. Still, as perfect as the movie is, I feel the book is way, way ahead of it.
Some of the deviations from the novel were a bit disappointing, such as not having Scanlon encourage Chief to escape, and not having Doc Spivey go on the fishing trip. Others though, like not having Cheswick die, I could somewhat understand. And yes, the book has the advantage of being narrated by Chief Bromden, but I'm not even sure if that would have really worked out in movie form.
Watching the movie just confirms even deeper my love for the book. Sadly, in my endeavors to share my discovery with others, I've lent the book to a friend who doesn't seem to appreciate it. It's been several weeks now and, much to my dismay, he has shown little to no interest in reading it. He says he's on page 14. He says he just doesn't feel like reading right now, but I just think he doesn't like the book. I also let him borrow A Clockwork Orange and he devoured that in like a week. He even said that if I wanted it back at any time just to ask, so I think that's a pretty obvious way to let someone know that you're not enjoying something that they've lent you and that you'd like them to take it back. Ah well.
What really gets me though is I let him borrow On the Road, which he similarly disliked, and he at least made it to page 74 with that one. It doesn't look like he's even going to get that far with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Sad, sad, sad.
Sorry for the disconnected ramblings, but those were my thoughts on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as of right now.
Anyways, just to reiterate the deepest concerns of another community member, just where the hell are those One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest icons? Surely somebody would have made some by now.