Reading a book and then seeing the film can actually can kinda ruin a film for you. You know whats gonna happen and you don’t really have much of a on the edge on your seat feeling of what’s gonna happen next.
The plot of High Fidelity centers on Rob Gordon (John Cusack), a self-confessed audiophile whose flair for understanding women is less than par for the course. After getting dumped by his current girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), he decides to look up some of his old flames in an attempt to figure out what he keeps doing wrong in his relationships. He spends his days at his record store, Championship Vinyl, where he holds court over the customers that drift through. Helping Rob in his task of musical elitism are Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black), the “musical moron twins”.
The film is very loyal to the novel, it features a lot of the same discussions, events, and actually mostly the same lines as well. When I read the book all the characters I pictured in the book, were the same exact pictures of people that were in the film. However, some of the events in the book that were actually pretty key moments, were left out in the film. Also the ending for the film was not as effective as it was in the book, this is what kind of ruined the film for me.
However, despite this problem everybody in this film does a great job in this film. John Cusack must’ve studied the book about 1,000 times cause he without a doubt matches the attitude, mannerisms, and look as Rob in the book I pictured him as. Cusacks facial expressions also are something extraordinary, cause they show how he feels at that exact moment. Todd Louiso and Jack Black also do a very good job at portraying Dick and Barry.
The all-around rock soundtrack is also something that’s great and fixes every song with every emotion felt during that time.
Much like the novel the screenplay is very realistic as each character have debates on their “top 5” whatevers, and each lists are used with such realism.
Despite some obvious differences from the book the film is still a great watch filled with comedy, great music, spot-on performances, and most of all a great love story we can all learn from.