English 245 (Blog Post #3: The Stepford Wives)

Let’s all respond to the two film adaptations of The Stepford Wives.  Which film did you prefer in relation to the book?  Why?  How did the adaptations differ based upon historical context (the first released in 1975 and the second in 2004 ).  Please answer in 100 words and be sure to address all three “texts” in this “Stepford Wives” constellation.

60 thoughts on “English 245 (Blog Post #3: The Stepford Wives)

  1. I preferred the 1975 adaptation over 2004 one simply because it was more suitable to the tone of the book. Levin’s novel is rather dark and satirical, mirroring the science fiction genre of the 1970s. The 1975 adaptation does a good job at portraying the horror and suspense felt by Joanna and seems to follow the book rather closely. The 2004 does not do as good a job, and instead has a more comedic-fantasy feel which does not do the book justice. In many ways the 2004 version feels like a mockery of the original instead of a serious adaptation.

  2. I found that I liked the 2004 version more than the 1975 version because although it did stray away from the original tone of the novel, I thought it was a really interesting take. Although, the 1975 version followed the novels more sinister tone, the 2004 version had a much lighter feel which personally, I found much more intriguing. The 2004 version while being less suspenseful seemed to add a lot of nuances that the book and the 1975 version did not have. Personally, the 2004 version kept me more engaged despite not sharing a similar tone to the novel.

  3. The 1975 film was an adaptation more closely in parallel with Levin’s book except that in the film, Walter knew what was going on very early in the story, making him the ultimate Judas-husband. I never liked the book nor the 1975 film endings because Joanna and all the women were destroyed by gutless men because the men could—there was no redeeming value in the conclusion. The 2004 adaptation was more interesting with great casting, unexpected plot twists (throwing the monster back to a female character), humor, and technology inserts. The “love conquers all” ending is almost smart.

  4. After reading the book and watching both the 1975 and 2004 “The Stepford Wives” movie, I think I prefer the 2004 movie more than the 1975 movie. I liked how the 2004 movie changed the tone and made it different from the book and 1975 movie. It created a more interesting movie by adding more interesting twists to the characters and created a brighter mood even though the 2004 movie strayed from the suspense. The 1975 movie did a good job with displaying horror and the suspense unlike the 2004 movie, but personally I enjoyed the 2004 movie because it was more entertaining for me and fit my preference of movie.

  5. Comparing the two adaptations of The Stepford Wives, I prefer the 1975 film more because, to me, it stays true to the tone that I interpreted when reading the book which was that of subtle horror. The 1975 version sticks a little closer to what I envisioned their neighborhood as, a quiet suburb rather than a whimsical upper-class one, and the framing, close-ups, and music all create an underlying sense of unease. Meanwhile, the 2004 version leaned a bit harder into the satirical (and comedic) telling of the story, and I think the general look and feel was a bit lighter overall. I think both do an okay job of adapting the book, I do think there is some nuance lost in both adaptations that keep either of the adaptations from being great.

  6. I preferred the 2004 adaptation because I liked the ending better. The 2004 adaptation was lighter, and I enjoyed the comedy in this adaptation. In the book and in the 1975 adaptation, Joanna was turned into a robot in the end. I liked how in the 2004 adaptation that Joanna’s husband decided that he did not want his wife to be a robot, and the two of them teamed up to stop the men’s association. In the 2004 adaptation, it was more colorful and, in a time where women had jobs of their own. The 1975 adaptation was closer to the tone of the book. I believe this was because it was released around the same time as the book was released.

  7. When adapting a book into a film, it is impossible to take every aspect with you and really leaving every single detail mentioned in the book in the film would be undesirable and make for a bad film. While the 1975 adaptation of The Stepford Wives did not include some of the more interesting details from the novel, I felt it certainly did a much more competent job than the 2004 adaptation. This may simply be that I felt the 1975 film was far more competent than the 2004 version, but I think regardless the 1975 version did a far better job keeping the soul of the book alive than its later version.

  8. Between the 1975 and 2004 version I liked the 2004 version better. 2004 had more comedy and had a lighter tone to it. When I was reading the book I took it as more of a satire and 2004 was able to appear that way. Stepford Wives always had a dramatic piece to it but they also had comedic moments. While 1975 may have been more accurate because the movie was released close to the time the book was released to. The differences between the two adaptations were also because of the time periods they were created so they did what was more socially acceptable. Either way the 2004 was more enjoyable because it was more light hearted.

  9. I personally liked the 2004 The Stepford Wives movie better, but I think that the movie released in 1975 portrayed more relation to the book. The 2004 movie was a lot more modern and appealing to me opposed to the 1975 movie which was darker and harsher. The 1975 movie ending was also the same as the book unlike the 2004 movie. I did not like the ending of the book nor the 1975 movie because they both had Joanna, along with every other woman in Stepford, die and become robots who the men controlled. The 2004 movie ending was more uplifting with Walter not choosing to have Joanna turn into a robot and instead freed all the other women which was very opposite of the book. The 2004 movie appealed to me more with the unexpected plot of the wife being the “bad guy” instead of the husband. I think both movies do a good job of adapting to the book, but there are also different twists in both of them too.

  10. The two films were each diverse in different ways. The 2004 version was more interesting to watch and significantly more entertaining to me. The 2004 version added extra scenes to make it more appealing towards this generation. But the 1975 version was more fitting and accurate towards the book’s storyline. The 1975 version was filmed with more horror aspects implemented into the plot which added suspense. This matched the book’s genre more being thriller mixed with sci-fi and comedy. The 2004 version excessively focused on the women being robots versus the 1975 film which was less about the robots and more about the theme of what the book was trying to share. The 1975 version executed the town of Stepford in the way that the book described as well as included more of the characters that were in the book. Overall, the 2004 version was easier to watch but the 1975 film was more precise according to the book’s narrative.

  11. Both films were different in many ways. The 2004 version strayed away from the little more “horror” and “sinister” feel and plot that matched the novel and 1975 version of the movie. The 2004 version was wittier and took a different approach in the ending compared to the 1975 version. At the ending of the book and the 1975 version, the women die and their robots replace them. At the ending of the 2004 movie Walter did the opposite of the 1975 movie and made sure Joanna didn’t turn into a robot and helped the other women break free out of the Men’s Association house. My favorite out of the two movies was the 2004 version because the women survived and Walter understands Joanna’s plight to help her because she was in trouble.

  12. I preferred the 2004 movie adaptation of The Stepford Wives in relation to aesthetic, comedy value, and making the story its own. It also answered a lot of questions that the book left up to the reader and ended with the men actually facing their consequences which I enjoyed. I liked pieces of the 1975 version, like the costumes and how eerie it was in the end at the grocery store. Both showed more of the husbands perspective than the book ever did, which made the moral of the story very clear, men are trash. I’m kidding, but I feel like the 1975 version also played it safer in terms of the different Joannas. She did fight back harder than Joanna from the book, but Joanna in 2004 won the war.

  13. Out of the two Stepford Wives productions we watched, I preferred the 1975 version. Like other students have said before, it stays true to the tone of the novel that I interpreted, and I prefer the thinly veiled sinister atmosphere it has. The 2004 version wasn’t bad by any means, but it was comedic to the point of being a little absurd to me. I also feel like the ending to the 2004 movie takes away from the story and its themes, even if it is a happy ending. I also disliked the higher class setting, as I imagined it to be just an average suburb without anything too flashy or attention-drawing. The 1975 version fit the original vibe of the novel and didn’t attempt to twist any part of the story, which I like.

  14. I prefer the 2004 film over the one released in 1975. This is because the 2004 film had a much different take than what the book’s story was, which the 1975 film followed more closely. I quite like when a film takes some creative liberties, for the better, and they did a good job with this one. I also found the 2004 version easier to sit through and less easy to get distracted by something else, unlike the 1975 film where I was distracted a lot and not as engaged. The ending of the 2004 version was a lot more pleasing to, because the “right” side “won”, but that does not necessarily make the film automatically better than the other; but, unfortunately, the 1975 film did not have a super great ending.

  15. In relation to the book, I preferred the 1975 version of The Stepford Wives. I thought that this version was a more accurate adaptation of the novel. The 2004 version added in more technology that I felt was unnecessary but emphasized the idea of the wives becoming like robots. This version also adds a twist towards the end that was not included in the novel. I liked that the 1975 version built up Joanna’s suspicion throughout the movie and kept the satire and horror of the novel. In my opinion, the 1975 version captured the meaning of the novel better than the 2004 version.

  16. Since reading the book and seeing both the 1975 and 2004 versions of “The Stepford Wives,” I believe I prefer the 2004 version to the 1975 version. I liked how the 2004 film changed the tone and set it apart from the 1975 book and film. Even though the 2004 film strayed from the original, it provided a more entertaining movie by incorporating more interesting twists to the characters and a lighter atmosphere. I also preferred the 2004 version best because Joanna survives and Walter acknowledges Joanna’s plight to assist her when she was facing difficulty. The 1975 version of the movie did portray the book in a more precise way, and kept it true to the original story.

  17. I read the Stepford Wives book and also watched the 1975 movie and the 2004 movie, and I think that both adaptations have their merits and I don’t consider one better than the other. I think the 1975 adaptation is more similar to the book, and its darker and creepier in tone. However, because of those elements, it’s less entertaining and relatable as a result. The 2004 version does not have the same effect, but is more relatable and fun to watch. Therefore, I think it is hard to say which one is better than the other, because they both have their strengths and weaknesses. The 1975 adaptation gives you a better adaptation and delivers on the themes better, but the 2004 adaptation gives you a more enjoyable viewing experience.

  18. Between the 1975 film and the 2004 film, my favorite is the 2004. I will admit that the 1975 adaptation is more accurate to the book, but the 2004 version fit my mental expectation of the world. The 2004 film felt more satirical and like a dystopian world where these women were out of control whereas the 1975 film made it just seem like a secret society. I think the 2004 movie made it more upfront where the 1975 movie was trying to be suspenseful and mysterious for the horror genre. Most significantly, I really appreciated how “perfect” the women were in the 2004 film. I thought it was strange that the actor in the 1975 film was beautiful long before moving to Stepford—not that Nicole Kidman isn’t beautiful, but there is a drastic style difference between Kidman in the beginning to the rest of the women, unlike the 1975 version. I think this fit the book better. Historically, the 2004 adaptation has better technology than in 1975.

  19. While both films have their merits and include aspects of the source material that the other did not, I am torn between the two when selecting which one is “better.” the 1975 version was closer to the book in tone and kept most of the scenes intact (which was made possible in part by it taking place in the 70s, where the book was also set), though a lot of the tension and fear wasn’t present. The 2004 film was generally goofier and had a more lighthearted tone, but we get to see Joanna fight back against the system and actually win in the end. I think a lot of the enjoyment of the films, and by extension, which version you prefer, comes from what you, as a viewer, expect and want to happen in the story. Personally, I was really hoping for either adaptation to lean into the horror aspects to create a film similar in tone while maintaining the social aspects of Ira Levin’s original work. Something like The Monsters are Due on Maple Street from The Twilight Zone or The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. In that regard, the 2004 film had a bit more of what I was expecting horror-wise, especially when it explored how the “taken” people had changed and emphasizing Joanna’s mounting paranoia, but I wished that either director had gone just a bit deeper into the horror elements of the source material.

  20. I prefered the 1975 adaptation, because it was closer to the novel. It kept the same moral of the story, which I didn’t see in the 2004 adaptation. I think what made the novel so great was the fact Joanna does eventually succumb to the plots of the men of the town and gets turned into a robot. It didn’t have the typical “happy ending.” It played off the fear of women being domesticated, which I believe was relevant in the 70s and is still relevant to this day. The 2004 adaptation was interesting , but I felt like it took too many creative liberties and strayed too far away from the original storyline of the book.

  21. In comparison to the book, I personally liked the 2004 film of “The Stepford Wives” more than the 1975 film. Although the 2004 version of the film was slightly different from the book, it was more interesting and entertaining. The 2004 film was more up to date and had a happier tone compared to the older and more ominous tone that the 1975 film portrayed. The 1975 film had a more suspenseful plot which made it less interesting to me, since I am not a huge fan of movies that have a lot of suspense. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the ending of either film since the female characters in both films died and became robots who controlled men.

  22. After watching both film adaptations of “The Stepford Wives”, I think I prefer the 2004 version. I liked this version better because it was a little more upbeat then the 1975 version, although the 1975 version is closer to the book. The 2004 adaptation was more upbeat in that it actually had a happy ending in a kind of goofy way almost. The 1975 version was a bit darker while the 2004 version is still dark in theme and undertones but still lighter in execution. Overall, the 2004 version of “Stepford Wives” has a more enjoyable style to it versus the 1975 version.

  23. I found that I preferred the 1975 movie over the 2004, mainly because I prefer vintage films over modern. I felt that the 1975 film not only added more suspension and mystery, but that it also was more loyal to the book’s themes. It adds the level of suspension that you read in the book, while the 2004 film seems to be lacking such terror. The one from 2004 feels comical, and I personally feel that it ruins the story’s theme as a whole. It’s supposed to be a scary sci-fi mystery, not a comedic fantasy. However, I can see how one would enjoy a more light hearted take on this book. I would definitely suggest the 2004 version to those that don’t prefer horror as much, and for those that are thrill seekers I would suggest the 1975 version.

  24. If I was going to watch either movie before reading the book I would much prefer it to be the 1975 adaptation, because of it’s effective demonstration of the general malaise of the novel, including what I imagined the setting was like, as well as the rising action. It brought a much more disconcerting vibe compared to the 2004 version. The cast was something to look forward to in the 2004 film, though from what I look for in movies, 2004 felt cheesy and off-brand. I figure it would be upsetting for the audience to witness a comedic adaption of female violence, even with a twist ending, that I found to be invalidating of the original story and 1975 film.

  25. I prefer the 2004 film adaptation of “The Stepford Wives” over the 1975 film adaptation. I think the 2004 film created a better viewing experience for me personally. The 2004 film in my opinion showcased better acting and a more enjoyable plot than the 1975 film. Also, the cinematography fit my movie style better than the older version. Furthermore, I prefer movies that are more up to date thus prompting my interest in the more recent adaptation of “The Stepford Wives”. I also enjoyed the easier-going tone throughout the movie versus the more eerie tone shown in the 1975 version. Overall, I believe the 2004 film was more of what I look for in an adaptation of a movie.

  26. Both the 2004 version and the 1975 version of “The Stepford Wives” were enjoyable in their own way, but overall I prefer the 1975 version. The 1975 version stayed more true to the book and was far more suspenseful and scary than the 2004 version. I also prefer the 1975 ending because it follows the ideals of the story more to have Joanna forced into becoming what the men around her want. I did enjoy the more upbeat and humorous tone of the 2004 version and if I hadn’t read the book I may have preferred the newer movie, but I think having Joanna’s husband save her and the rest of the women goes against the themes of the book.

  27. If you’re looking for a really funny and weird movie to watch then the 2004 adaption is it, otherwise the 1975 is much more faithful to the original plot and themes of the book. The 1975 adaptation still occurs in the era of second-wave feminism a mere three years after the book’s release when the novel was still relatively fresh in its reader’s minds. But I got the distinct impression that the script writers for the 2004 movie thought most of its viewers wouldn’t have read the original novel due to how much time has passed and so included advanced tech elements to give it more appeal at a time when technology seemed to be constantly evolving at the turn of the millennium. But overall the lighter comedic feel of the 2004 movie with its personally surprising cast choices of Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken made it a more fun movie to watch than the plot-bound 1975 version.

  28. Each film exaggerates the features of women that were deemed desirable at the time that the movie was made. For example, in the 1975 version, the women are beautiful with timely hairstyles and dresses, and do things like housework and preparing coffee. In the 2004 version, much more emphasis is placed on how they look. The wives are all blonde and wear pastel colors and have large breasts (that can be changed by the press of a button) and serve as a stark contrast to Joanna’s short dark hair and more relaxed style of clothing. Each version of the film also amplifies the creepy factor of the original story, mostly through use of background music and voice inflections, something not possible with a written text. Since the source material is so short and leaves a lot up to the reader’s own interpretation, the film adaptations had plenty of wiggle room to take the story in a new direction. The 1975 version leans onto this dark theme, while the 2004 version makes everything scary and suspicious light and colorful. Not only does this go against what the audience would typically expect, it also creates a large separation when the two must interact. I liked the 2004 version better for this reason. I appreciated the use of color and set design to make the creepy appear joyful and safe on the outside, while things like music and dialogue clued the audience into something more sinister. It plays off of the notion that “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” While the 1975 version goes darker and darker as the plot moves forward, I appreciated the use of colors and pastels in the 2004 version to make it less a horror film and more a suspenseful one.

  29. Neither of the films fit exactly to the storyline from the book. When making a film from a book, there are bound to be many of the details missing. After watching both movies it’s safe to say I like the 2004 film better than the 1975 one. Although the 1975 film was closer to the details of the book, the 2004 version was a bit more interesting to me and had a different take on the book. The 2004 had more of a comedic feel and was easy to watch whereas the 1975 film was drearier and horror-like. All in all, they were both good in their own way. If you want one portraying the book better, the 1975 one is the way to go, but if you want a twist with some comedy here and there, the 2004 film is it.

  30. I preferred the 1975 movie over the 2004 adaptation. The 1975 movie stayed true to the tone and mood of the book. It covered all the major plot points that were expressed in the book. The 2004 movie felt like a parody to me. I understand that it was made to have a unique twist on the story and experience, but that’s what made it kind of a let down also. It does look better, with all the colorful lighting and higher definition. But the tone of it is the exact opposite of what you expect it to be. Overall, I prefer the “stay to true self” format better than changing it up and hoping for the best.

  31. Both films were very diverse in the ways that is adapted Ira Levings book. I personally liked the 2004 version best, but I could also be biased to the quality difference since I had grown up with modern movies and am not use to the 70’s quality. The 2004 version of the Stepford Wives was comedic, it was not as jarring as the book or 1975 version, it took on a lighter tone. However, I do think that the 1975 version was a closer parallel to the book. I think the 2004 version was more entertaining, just not as parallel.

  32. Both the 1975 version and the 2004 version of the Stepford Wives are interesting takes on the book. When adapting books into movies or shows, I prefer the tone and story of the book to match the tone of the movie adaptation. Because of this reason I prefer the 1975 version. The 1975 version matches of the tone of the book better than the 2004 version and parallel story better. The 2004 version lacked the suspense and seemed more comical compared to the 1975 version and the movie. Overall I think both adaptions are not perfect, however I believe the 1975 version is superior.

  33. While the 1975 film more closely resembled the tone of the novel, I preferred the 2004 version of the film. The newer version allowed me to envision what life in Stepford would be like in today’s society. The 1975 version of the film had more of a darker tone and it was really unfortunate that it seemed as if Walter picked up the peculiarity of the women right away. The 2004 version allowed for a much lighter tone and didn’t give up the peculiarity too soon. However, in both films I enjoyed how the directors really tried their best to make Joanna look much different than the women living in Stepford.

  34. The Stepford Wives book greatly overshadows the movies, but the films have many adaptation differences to stand out. My preference is the 2004 version due to being remade with recent technology. I enjoy having the experience of modern adaptation for old stories. The 2004 version kept me entertained throughout the viewing and the 1975 film was a completely true to the novel. The 1975 version maintained horror and an accurate depiction of Joanna throughout the movie. I enjoy watching old movies like The Night of the Living Dead and The Stepford Wives, but I prefer the quality of modern film. I found the idea of robots to be interesting and it felt like something out of a Twilight Zone episode. All three Stepford Wives texts contained elements of horror: replacing living people with robots. I do not know how I would handle such a situation.

  35. Both Stepford Wives movies definitely had their merits. I think the 1975 version matched the book much more closely in terms of tone. I think this makes sense because it was released only three years after the book’s release. This means that it was the same time period and women were in the same position. The 2004 movie was released at a time when many more women were working, and it was much more humorous and lighter in tone. The book and the 1975 movie were far more suspenseful and left me on edge. While I appreciated that they matched so well, I did prefer the 2004 movie adaptation because of the ending. I loved the book up until the end, so it was nice to be able to fully enjoy the movie. I would love an adaptation that matches the spooky energy of the book but with the awesome ending of the 2004 adaptation.

  36. After I read the book and watched the movie I think I liked the 2004 The Stepford Wives movie better but I also think that that the 1975 Stepford Wives had more similarities with the book. The 2004 was more appealing to me I think because it was made closer to the time we are in rather than the 1975 that had worse technology to use to make the movie. I also see the 2004 movie being more positive with Walter not having his wife turned into a robot and freeing all the women which was the opposite of what happened in the 1975

  37. I believe that the 1975 version of Stepford Wives film has the most resemblance to the novel when talking about tone. Although the tone was more accurate within the 1975 movie of Stepford Wives, I enjoyed watching the 2004 version of Stepford Wives. This is mostly due to the fact that the 2004 version of Stepford Wives was bale to produce a film with more technological advancements in the film industry. The 1975 version does have the originality aspect of the Stepford Wives film within it being that it is the first one created. I was more a fan of the ending within the film of Stepford Wives compared to the ending within the novel of Stepford Wives.

  38. The two adaptations of The Stepford Wives chose different paths but both used exaggeration of the women’s role. The 1975 film followed the original plot more closely than the 2004 film. The 2004 film adapted more to the time period with the use of the smart tv and modern housing. I feel like it is also more buoyant, with the older adaptation being more of a thriller. The suspense the older adaptation uses closely mimics the subtle creepiness like the original. Although both do a moderately efficient job at portraying the original, the older adaptation was better at reflecting the actual plot.

  39. I enjoyed the 1975 version more because this version was truer to the original content of the book. This version was closer to the original atmosphere of the book, particularly in maintaining a suspenseful tone throughout and keeping in line with the ending being more hopeless. I think that both adaptations were a product of their time, particularly the 2004 version taking on a more feminist approach with its changed ending. While the message of the 2004 version is a more modern and less unsettling with how the women take back power in the end, I enjoyed the bleakness of the book and the 1975 version.

  40. Comparing the book, the 1975 adaptation, and the 2004 adaptation, I have to say that I enjoyed the 1975 adaptation the most out of the movies. I think the pacing of the film was closer to the book, with a slow building suspense, rather than the question of robots being answered in the first 40 minutes. The 2004 movie had awful special effects and reminded me of Mike Myer’s “The Cat in the Hat”. I also think the 2004 adaptation twist ending took any social commentary, moral, and impact the story had and tossed it, making the entire film somewhat pointless. I enjoyed the 1975 adaptation, as it felt like a mother trying to find the balance between what society expects and her own happiness. In contrast, the 2004 adaptation had unrelatable characters, odd pacing, no moral takeaway, and the story did not build suspense, just meander along. My honest opinion is that much like Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet”, Stepford Wives (2004) is an adaptation to the modern era that didn’t need to be made, and the 1975 adaptation is a moderately enjoyable 70s thriller.

  41. To me there is no question as to which movie is better, the opening scene of the 1975 adaptation is such a strong tone setting mastery of audio and visaual storytelling that it alone blows the 2004 over produced adaptation out the of the water. The sense of pase is ruined in ’04 version due to the reveal being set up so much earler then the ’75 film. The strange and robotic nature of the ’75 film drills itself inside the audeinces mind before any line of diolouge about the sci-fi elements are uttered, while the 2004 film has a CGI robotic dog. If I have learned anything in this class it is the importnace of slow cinema and implaction paced storytelling, and a growing and burning hatered for spectacle cinema.

  42. In my opinion, the 1975 film is the best overall representation of the story. The acting and editing in this film are both excellent, and manage to paint a relatively believable portrait of not only the setting of Stepford itself, but also of the many female inhabitants, most of whom (and eventually all of whom) are creepily subservient to their male counterparts due to them being literal robots. The 2004 adaptation of the tale was watchable, but also was certainly the least memorable and hard-hitting of the three adaptations. Obviously, the novel stands alone as the truest to the original source material, as it was the predecessor for the films. However, I personally enjoyed watching the 1975 film more than reading through Levin’s original novel. I felt that the editing in the motion picture was virtually seamless. Meanwhile, the acting was so good it nearly managed to completely immerse me in the alternate reality where, for some reason, in 1975 ex-Disney employees are technologically capable of converting women into obedient animatronics.

  43. In my opinion, the 1975 film is the best overall representation of the story. The acting and editing in this film are both excellent, and manage to paint a relatively believable portrait of not only the setting of Stepford itself, but also of the many female inhabitants, most of whom (and eventually all of whom) are creepily subservient to their male counterparts due to them being literal robots. The 2004 adaptation of the tale was watchable, but was also the least memorable and hard-hitting of the three adaptations. Obviously, the novel stands alone as the truest to the original source material, as it was the predecessor for the films. I felt that the editing in the motion picture was virtually seamless. Meanwhile, the acting was so good it nearly managed to completely immerse me in the alternate reality where, for some reason, in 1975 ex-Disney employees are technologically capable of converting women into obedient animatronics.

  44. While I think that both adaptations were great, I would say that I preferred the 2004 adaptation because of the “women can be anti-feminist too” take. The 2004 version seemed a lot more radical, and I think that is because the book and the 1975 version came out when feminism was much newer, and the 2004 version is much later when feminist ideals have been more established. I think it is more reflective of how feminism has changed (at least in the early 2000s context). I do appreciate the cinematography of the 1975 version and the fact that it stayed truer to the tone of the book, but I think I can just appreciate the 2004 version more.

  45. Although a stark difference of tone, and doesn’t stick to the overarching plot of the book, I thought the 2004 did a better version of establishing Joanna as her own person and character. The scene that captured the difference between 1997 and 2004 was the first party scene. When the wife malfunctions in 1997, it is more able to be passed off as she’s drunk and she “goes to the hospital”. In the 2004 version the men surround her, and they tweak her head back into place. Not trying to completely cover up what had happened. This creates less suspicion of robots or that something is wrong with the town in 1997 because they passed it off better, which made the movie more suspenseful when we weren’t sure what happened. But in 2004, with the wire so clearly popping we suspect robots from the get go.

  46. The novel, The Stepford Wives, was a truly gripping and intriguing story. After watching both adaptations, the 1975 film and the 2004 film, I preferred the 1975 version. I feel as though the err of suspense and twinge of horror was lost in the 2004 film, as it seemed to have a more comedic tone, distracting from the novel’s true message. The 1975 film matched the novel much more in terms of tone and fit the author’s themes. In total, I enjoyed the style and plot of the 1975 film, and while I also enjoyed the 2004 adaptation, I believe the 1975 film did the novel justice.

  47. After seeing the 1975 and the 2004 versions, I prefer the 2004 version. The 1975 version follows the book more than the 2004 version, but I choose to find the changes done in the 2004 version more fascinating and engaging. I was surprised to see the major change of tone from one to another because the book and the 1975 version gave off much more of the same suspenseful feeling than the 2004 version. The 2004 version felt like it had a much more humorous feel to it. Personally, I would choose a comedy movie over a horror movie any day of the week.

  48. As a big fan of the book, I preferred the 1975 adaptation. The book was a dark story giving the idea that just because everything looks perfect, doesn’t mean it is. With the 2004 adaptation, allowing Joanna to stay alive makes it a happier ending. I believe having an ending where the main character wins speaks more to wanting good reviews and when viewers have a good experience watching it, they will tell others to watch it. For the 1975 adaptation, it was more true to what happened in the book, but it also left me questioning what happens next.

  49. The book is clearly made out to be a sci-fi thriller with that element of sci-fi somewhat lowkey as it is not super prominent throughout and rather used during the twist of an ending. The 1975 movie does this well. One can suspect that something is up with the wives of Stepford but it does not seem super sci-fi until the end. Where as, in the 2004 version it is quiet apparent that the women are robots. The 2004 version emphasizes the sci-fi elements way more and gives up on trying to be a thriller. It also tried to be a comedy. Something that the book never did and it was a very pathetic attempt. A lot of the jokes seemed like I was laughing at them not with them or they just were not funny. I preferred the original film because it stuck with the sci-fi thriller genres of the book and they did not feel the need to make a happy ending like the 2004 version did.

  50. I preferred the 2004 adaptation of Stepford wives over the 1975 version. Where the 1975 version really did emulate the book precisely, I found it to be a bit dark and ominous and I preferred the happier story of the 2004 version better, even if it was not true to the book. The 2004 version was more comedy than the 1975 version, which was more horror, and I can not stand horror movies. I do not like the suspense and always on the edge of my seat feeling. The book has very descript scenes and you can easily imagine what things are supposed to look like, and I felt that the 2004 version, did not quite get up to that par whereas the 1975 version did.

  51. I found I preferred the 1975 to the 2004 version. Whereas the 2004 provided a more modern update, with a lighter, comedic tone, the 1975 version I felt was more accurate to the book, cementing a dark, eerie, horror sort of tone with all of the suspense and paranoia of a thriller. The book centers around Joanna feeling something is off in her neighborhood, being the straight-man to the eclectic cast of characters, and feels a bit hallucinogenic, slightly reminiscent of a Twin Peaks-style mystery. I, having read the book first, firmly believe the horror and suspense the 1975 variant portrays is what a story like that deserves. Had I watched the films beforehand, I believe my preference would be chalked up to merely whichever version I started with, though as I lean more to the horror side of things would enjoy the former a bit more

  52. I prefer the 2004 film adaptation of The Stepford Wives to the 1975 film adaptation. I personally feel as if the more modern viewing experience was more favorable for myself and the plot updates added to my favorable opinion. Generally, I appreciate older adaptations as a basis for newer ones, but feel the more modern update does the story better justice. The same goes for how I feel about the Tron series. Overall, I prefer the 2004 adaption to that of 1975, due to the modern updates and plot adjustments.

  53. I preferred the 1975 film adaptation compared to the 2004 film adaptation. I liked
    that the 1975 film was very similar to the novel, especially the tone. While 2004
    the film had more of a lighter tone, and had more going on, and was overall more entertaining to watch, I liked how the 1975 film kept it the same as the novel for the most part. Especially how the 2004 film treated everything like it was more a comedy, compared to the 1975 film. I believe that both adaptations are good films, but I believe that the 1975 film followed the sequences of events and the tone of the novel better than the 2004 film.

  54. I preferred the 2004 adaptation compared to the 1975 version because I thought it was more engaging and creative. Compared to the book, I think the 1975 version did a better job of replicating and following the text. The film was very similar to how I envisioned it and portrayed the themes and tone very accurately. But, overall the 2004 film added its own spin on the book which I found to be more impressive and interesting than following the book closely.

  55. I preferred the 1975 film adaption over the 2004 film adaptation. The 1975 version was closer to the novel in terms of themes and tones, while the 2004 version was more light in tone and leaning towards a comedy using the dated imagery from the novel. The 1975 film, being released 3 years after the novel in 1972, had more feminist commentary and plot development in comparison to the 2004 film which focused more on jokes or quips. The 1975 film felt more to be a proper adaptation of the novel, keeping the script closer to the original plot and details. The 2004 film chose to focus more on the process of the wives being turned into robots, making it somewhat more comedic with some parts of suspense or dark themes.

  56. Personally, I preferred the 1975 version of “Stepford Wives” because it was very closely aligned with the plot and storyline of the book. Although the 2004 version is more modern and appealing to today’s generation, it lacks the themes that were in the book. The 1975 version maintains the suspense and horror of the book while the 2004 version added a little comedy and took away from the “dark side” of the original story. The wives in the 1975 movie seemed to have a robotic nature about them that they didn’t have in the 2004 version. Both of these versions are good but I feel like the 1975 version separated itself by keeping the original themes that are found in the book.

  57. I prefer the 1975 film adaptation of the Stepford Wives over the 2004 film adaptation due to the accuracy of the novel and the time period of the 1975 film. Personally, I think that the time period of 1975 fits better with the storyline of the novel. While I enjoyed both films, the 1975 adaptation aligns more with what I imagined would unfold on screen after reading the novel. The foreshadowing in the 1975 adaption showed on screen. In addition, the scenery was beautiful, however, the film was still able to give off the dark tones from the novel as Joanna lives out this horror.

  58. In my opinion the 1975 film adaptation of Stepford Wives was a more accurate representation of the novel. Levin paints a more eerie and dark tone in his novel, which the 2004 adaptation of Stepford Wives does not reflect. I can understand the appeal of the 2004 rendition of the story, however, I believe that the dark sinister tone of the book really enhances the story. This is very surprising to me, because I generally prefer more light hearted stories, which the 2004 version certainly would fall under; but in this instance I much prefer the darker tone. Also I should note that the watching experience in the 2004 movie is by no means bad in my opinion, I just much prefer the original ending and a more creepy vibe.

  59. I prefer the 1975 adaptation because of the way that it stayed true to the nature of the novel, as well as the feeling of eeriness that the novel originally sparked in readers. It remained in its essence very dark which I think was important in order to fully communicate the mood of the novel on the big screen. Levin’s novel incorporated aspects of the science fiction genre of the ’70s, while still maintaining a somewhat understated effect with a slow build up. I think that the 1975 film did a good job of bringing Levin’s writing to life by showing this horror vividly within the protagonist Joanna. I think that the adaptation did a good job of embodying the fear in Joanna by following the events of the book very closely. The 2004 adaptation on the other hand seemed cheesy at best. It felt like it was taking what was supposed to be an intense and frightening story and making fun of it. I understand that they were trying to find a way to make this surreal and outlandish situation appear as such, but instead missed the mark by making it appear more like comedy.

  60. Personally, I found that the 1975 version of The Stepford Wives followed along with the novel we read in class. Because of this I felt it was easier to follow along as it did resemble what I had read. I believe that the author of the book wanted the story to be suspenseful and somewhat dark, where as the 2004 film did not fully go by that. I felt as if the 2004 version was more “comical” as it did not fit the mold of the others. The 1975 version did a very good job of showing Joanna and her suspicions towards the wives. I think that the 2004 movie made me stay on my toes a little more as I did not necessarily know what was going to happen next. If I was going to look for a movie that was somewhat cheesy and made me laugh- I would choose the 2004. I enjoyed both however, if I were to go off which related most to the book we read in class, I would say it was the 1975 version.

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