White Noise Stayed True to the Book. That Might Be Why It’s Such a Mediocre Film.

Matthew McFarlane
4 min readFeb 20
Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig with their children in the movie White Noise
White Noise | Netflix

Anyone adapting a movie from a book faces a dilemma: stay true to the book and potentially alienate a wider audience — or diverge from the text and leave an angry mob of bookish fans in your wake.

Admittedly, Noah Baumbach’s screen adaptation of Don Delillo’s White Noise stays relatively true to the novel. And though it pains…

Matthew McFarlane

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