The novel Love in the Time of Cholera is a meditation on love in its many forms. It is a serious work from Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The movie Love in the Time of Cholera is a misstep of nearly epic proportions. As adapted by Ron Harwood, who won an Oscar for his interpretation of The Pianist, this film does as much of a disservice to its source material as The Bonfire of the Vanities. Certainly, there are inherent problems in condensing a 350-page book into a screenplay a third of that length, but those are minor in comparison to what director Mike Newell (Enchanted April, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) has done to the tone. At times unintentionally and at times at the director's behest, Love in the Time of Cholera feels more like a comedy than a drama. It's the kind of motion picture that's crying out to be featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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