On June 7th we had our world premiere of the So B. It movie. Was it FUN? You bet! Was it EXCITING? Very! Would I like to do it all over again? Absolutely!
The show was sold out. Many of the actors were there – Alfre Woodard, Talitha Bateman and Cloris Leechman to name a few. I walked my very first red carpet, which I thought would be scary, but it wasn’t at all.
Reviews of the movie have been flying off the presses, Here are some of the highlights….
“Stealing my heart and guaranteed to steal yours is SO B. IT. Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and written by Garry Williams based on Sarah Weeks’ 2004 New York Times best selling children’s novel, SO B. IT mandates three boxes of tissues. As if the mere fact that Patrick Murguia is the film’s cinematographer isn’t enough of a reason to see SO B. IT, just take one look at Talitha Bateman who stars as Heidi, and you will be swept up in her charm and talent” – Debbie Lynn Elias
“Talitha Bateman is a major discovery. She wins our sympathy without ever milking our tear ducts. Woodard delivers a startling tour de force. She conveys generosity and empathy, but in the scenes that depict her wrenching struggles to overcome her fears of stepping outside, Woodard works with fierce physical energy. Collins avoids cliché in her thoroughly convincing portrayal of a woman with very few resources.
In supporting roles, Cloris Leachman has an engaging cameo as a cat lady who befriends Heidi on her long bus journey, and John Heard makes a late appearance as Heidi’s impatient but not unwelcoming grandfather. Jacinda Barrett and Dash Mihok are most appealing as a couple who want to adopt Heidi. Stephen Gyllenhaal must be given considerable credit for this collection of expert performances. He also brings cinematic flair to scenes depicting Heidi’s journey across America…” – Hollywood Reporter
“Key to the resonance of the film is Williams’ script which artfully shifts POV for the screen adaptation, but smartly retains much of the dialogue itself found in Sarah Weeks’ novel. Fans of the book will be elated with the adaptation while newcomers to the world of Heidi will be equally joyous and undoubtedly head for the nearest bookstore (or Kindle) to pick up a copy of the book.” – examiner.com
I promise to post again as soon as I have news about the release date of the movie. I love it, and I know you will too.