I just finished reading The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester. Here is the sometime soon to be released film adaptation of it
For the most part, I can place scenes in the trailers with what happened in the book. However, there does seem to be a major change. It is that Tom Hank’s character’s wife is seemingly loving and supporting. In the book, this just wasn’t the case.
A few years earlier, they were stationed in San Diego, when the wife decided to leave him for a lawyer. He was mulling over this during the course of multi-day battle, probably going over it for the hundredth time. He reasoned that she left him because he spent too much time at sea. Also perhaps because he was destined to be leaving the Navy after being passed over for promotion.
Perhaps a lawyer was a step up for her, or at least seemed to be at the time. He was so distraught, that he requested a transfer to the Atlantic to get away from it all. Since there was now a war on, the Navy retain him and gave him command of a convoy escorting force. He became a bit of a hero in the story. Would the ex-wife regret her move?
So this brings up a larger question: why was the story changed here? Was it to make Tom Hank’s character seem to be more wholesome, as he often plays such characters. Was it to not cast the ex in a bad light, and maybe women as a whole in a bad light? Or is there nothing there?
Exit question: Did you notice the high contrast on the wife in the trailer?