Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecreted you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations
- Jeremiah 1:5, opening quotation
in A Prayer for Owen MeanyI am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice--not because of his voice or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was an instrument in my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God.Being lovers of books and films, we couldn't resist Simon Birch, a film adaptation (in a very loose sense) of John Irving's novel A Prayer for Owen Meany. We say this despite the fact that seven of the ten critics we surveyed praised the novel but called the film a "promising failure." There are those times (and Simon Birch) is an example when a film does not fully capture the power of the novel. In Simon Birch, the story's power is lost in part because the novel's explicitly Christian worldview is diluted. (The quote from the film actually continues in the novel, "I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.") However, the basic story of two twelve-year-old best friends (both social misfits in a small, New England town in the mid-1960s) trying to understand life is kept intact. In the telling, the film wonderfully deals with faith, fate, and friendship.
- Quoted in Simon Birch; suggested
by the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany