Book versus film: You Were Never Really Here


The parallels between Joe and the young girl in You Were Never Really Here and Jak and China in Without Rules were an obvious motivation for me. I read the wafer-thin book first in a couple of hours. It is virtually a noir film treatment (unsurprising given Ames movie and TV background) but just as it gets started, it’s over. The book reaches inside Joe’s suicidal head far more effectively than the visually stunning but narratively stunted film, which appears to be a dress rehearsal for the Joker movie. 

You Were Never Really Here (Jonathan Ames) — 7

Film: You Were Never Really Here, 2018 — 6

Director: Lynne Ramsey

Verdict: book win