What are the differences between Freak the Mighty book and movie?

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There are a number of scenes in the film version which don't exist in the original book. For instance, in the movie "The Mighty" there are two basketball scenes, neither of which feature in Freak The Mighty. In the first of these scenes, Blade rolls a ball at Freak which makes him fall down. The second basketball scene involves Freak sitting on Max's shoulders while they beat Blade's team.

Then there's a scene in the movie where Max carries Freak on his shoulders as they walk into a cafe. They see a man harassing a young woman. Max intervenes and defends the lady, causing her harasser to storm furiously out of the cafe.

A number of incidents occur in both the book and the film adaptation, but which differ slightly in their details. For example, Max and Freak retrieve a lady's purse from a sewer. In the book, they roll around in the dirt to camouflage themselves at night. Yet in the movie they just put black paint under their eyes.

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Well, the first difference is the title: the book Freak the Mighty becomes the movie The Mighty. This shows that there are other changes as well. Much of the movie follows the book fairly well, until the ending.

At the ending of the book, Kevin has another seizure on his birthday. This is the seizure that puts Kevin in the hospital for the last time. Max visits Kevin and, during that visit, asks Max to write down their adventures. Kevin dies in the hospital after Max visits (and after Kevin has yet another seizure).

At the ending of the movie, it is the Christmas holiday that brings the boys together. Kevin actually gives Max a blank book in order for Max to write their stories. Instead of dying in the hospital, Kevin then dies in his sleep due to his heart issues. When Max learns that Kevin has died, Max chases the ambulance. This is how Max ends up at the hospital in the movie.

In conclusion, the movie and the book do end the same way: Max writes the adventures of “Freak the Mighty.”

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What are the differences and similarities between Freak The Mighty (the book) and The Mighty (the movie)?

I would say that the movie effectively caught the spirit of the book.  The movie faithfully shows that Freak and Max are two very close friends that would be willing to do just about anything for each other.  The movie is similar in that Freak has some kind of a disease as well.  

Unfortunately, anytime a movie is turned into a book, some things are cut or added for cinematic effect.  It's the main reason why I don't like book to movie projects.  The movie adds a basketball scene that was never in the book for example.  Freak never sat on top of Max's shoulders to win in a pick up game of basketball.  

One example of something the movie kept from the book but completely changed is the death scene.  In the book, Freak had a seizure at the Christmas party.  He was taken to the ICU, and Max and Freak were allowed to talk.  Freak talked about what his new body would be like after surgery.  He meant his new body in heaven, because Freak died in the hospital.  That death sequence is completely different in the movie.  Freak has a stroke and dies at home.  Gram tells Max, and he immediately runs out to find Freak.  All he is able to see is the ambulance leaving with Freak inside.  

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What are the differences and similarities between Freak The Mighty (the book) and The Mighty (the movie)?

The movie is pretty faithful to the book. The basic plot is the same, except that Freak is normal sized but crippled. There are some places where events are cut from the book, but it is normal for a movie to need to slim down from the book version. You'll get the idea. Some people don't like movie versions of any book.

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