Mitch Alborns novel Tuesdays with Morrie is about a bond that is reunited between a college professor and student. The student, Mitch, promises that he will visit his college professor Morrie and stay connected, however he gets so busy with his life that he never finds the time. Mitch’s life consist of constantly working trying to earn as much money as possible. He has a girlfriend that he loves a lot, but since he is always working he never finds the time to try to make their relationship work. One day, Morrie is starred on live Tv, and Mitch happens to flip to the channel right on time. During Morrie’s interview he mention how he is dying from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as ALS. Als is a disease that affects the nerve system connecting to the spinal cord and brain cells. This disease can help be prevented but once obtained it is fatal. When Mitch realizes that his favorite professor is dying he reaches out to him and sets up a day to meet. On this day Morrie tells Mitch that he will teach him the life lessons that he has learned throughout his life every Tuesday. This will be his final course. So every Tuesday mitch would learn a different life lesson in order to better his life until Morrie dies from Als.
This novel was was turned into a movie that was produced by Oprah Winfrey. Mrs. Winfrey did a great job producing the movie based off the book.
I enjoyed watching the movie Tuesdays with Morrie. To no surprise, the movie was very similar to the book. In the movie, there were many lines that were exactly same as the book. Thomas Rickman did an excellent job writing the script. The only difference that I noticed was that a few scenes were not in the same order as they were in the book, Some things that Morrie said and did, like when Morrie tells Mitch about his parents, happened much later in the movie than they did in the book. Seeing the movie gave me a different perspective of Morrie and Mitch’s friendship, and of Morrie’s disease.
Watching Morrie get sicker over time with each visit made a bigger impact than I thought it would, since I was not affected by the book. The acting in the movie was great. Seeing Morrie not being able to walk, getting his back punched, and having to be helped in bed really affected me and made me emotional. Visually seeing how sick ALS makes someone made it almost brutal to watch, especially with some of the more disturbing scenes. As each Tuesday passed by, I had a hard time watching, because Morrie sickness was so real visually it made my stomach upset in a way that words could never do. This must have been hard for his family, friends, and even care takers to look at everyday.
I think I paid more attention to the actual story while watching the movie, I am not sure why. Maybe because the movie is something visual- I could visualize what the disease was doing to the innocent man.
“We must love one another or die” was a quote that really stuck out to me. Mitch repeated it later when Morrie said it the first time and it really made me emotional. It questions what people loves. Do we love each other in America? Do we love our relatives? Do we really love our friends and neighbors? This is one thing that we all need to work on. I will remember this quote for a long time. Mitch not only impacted Mitch, but he impacted everyone else in the world.
Tuesdays with Morrie is both a book and a movie. They are alike and different in so many different ways. The movie is never going to have as much detail as the book did, but they did a good job making the movie as close as possible to the book. The book covered a lot more aspects of the story than the movie did, and the book focused on the bigger more important parts.
There were a lot of main points that the book and movie were alike. In both Morrie dies the same way with the same people around him. At the beginning of this story, Mitch is so consumed in his job that he doesn’t give any attention to anything else but his column. As the story progresses, Morrie starts to lighten up on the job and work towards a relationship with Morrie. By having this relationship with Morrie helps his relationship back home with his girlfriend who is getting tired of Mitch not giving her the attention she deserves. Janine and Morrie both play huge parts in Mitch’s life in both the movie and the book. The movie used a lot of the same lines used in the book such as Morrie’s aphorisms. One last thing that the book and movie had in common was that each time Mitch went to visit Morrie he could tell Morrie was getting worse and worse.
Even though the movie did a great job making the book come to life, the movie and book had a couple differences. The movie never brought up Mitch’s brother like they did in the book. Another thing is in the movie, they didn’t talk about Mitch as child like they did in the book. In the movie, they show Janine giving the proposal ring back to Mitch in the airport, but in the book they never mentioned that. Also in the book, they never talked about Mitch’s breakup with Janine and how he went to her studio and tried to fix it. Mitch’s relationship with Janine was way more part of the movie than the book. The book focused more on the relationship between Morrie and mitch when the movie focused on both.
Some movies that are made from a book are most of the time completely different, but this movie resembled the book perfectly. The movie covered the most important parts of the book, which made it a success.
The book and the movie follow very similar lines and there are times when the wording is exactly the same. But there were differences. In the book, Mitch is married, but for some reason in the movie he isn’t. In the movie he has a girlfriend and the relationship between them takes up much more of the movie than it does of the book. In fact there is a lot more in the movie that involves Mitch when he isn’t with Morrie. Almost the entire book takes place in Morrie’s home, you don’t get to see much of Mitch’s life at all. I don’t know if they just added things from life to make it more complete or added made up things to make it more dramatic, but you get to see more of his work and home life.