Harry Potter Series
So, everyone here knows that I am a renowned Potterhead. I just love the Harry Potter series, so much so, that I am willing to ignore and gloss over obvious issues with the films for this to become my No. 1. Best Movie Adaptation.
There are a lot of things that don’t sycn up, plot lines or characters were skipped or glossed over and fake story lines added for the film’s sake. However, I still love these damn movies. All 8 of them. During my surgery they saved my butt, as I watched them over and over. It was magic getting to see the world come alive visually. Plus, there are some gems in the films: Dumbledore is amazing, McGonagall is my hero, Bellatrix was terrifying and Ginny was a treat!
The Hobbit + LOTR Series
I have a few issues with The Hobbit, but other than that I thought the film was well done (certainly well cast!) and entertaining. I don’t like the CG effects but I’ll be cordial and gloss over that.
The LOTR series adaptations are better, slower and much better fleshed out. The book has a lot of action and things to draw from, hence why the producers and directors had less work to do I think, pulling off a better film. I love the series, especially the extended versions.
I had to watch this for IB English A1 and I was struck immediately. I’ve only read snippets of the book but I feel that this adaptation is faithful to the book (not strictly following it but adapting to the book in a way that you can still sense the book’s tone).
Actors were amazing, but its the moody music and dark, crisp shadows that make this film such an artistic success.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
There has been some debate on which film is better, the Swedish version or the American version? I like both. A lot. The American version is sexier, with much better looking people but Lisbeth is stunning in this version. The Swedish actress is also amazing, but the American one manages to make her seem so much moodier and scarier.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Why would anyone do this to my beloved series? I loved the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series, I thought the world building was fascinating and the inclusion of Greek mythology was original and seamless.
So why is the film so damned disjointed? It wouldn’t have been hard to stick a bit more faithfully to the book– Indeed, I don’t see why they didn’t because the book wasn’t complex at all. They essentially rewrote the book for the film and went Pfft! Screw the plot! They invented a totally new mission. Ugh. Dislike. Plus, the character are supposed to be 11, so why do they look like puberty hit them at childhood?
The DaVinci Code
Well, it’s almost too easy blasting this one. The books were great but how exciting could they possibly make the films?
I almost felt sorry for Dan Brown.
I felt betrayed by this film adaptation. I loved the books and was eager to see the world come to life in a film, but everything, everything about this was a disaster.
Casting? Bad. Costume design? Dreadful. Makeup? Dude, Durza wasn’t fooling anyone, that’s bad foundation and worse lipstick. Plot? Dragged– How?! The Book didn’t drag but this film sure as hell did.
Wide Sargasso Sea (BBC Edition)
Ok this one left me feeling worse than betrayed, I was horrified. Wide Sargasso Sea is my favourite book of all time– All. Time. And there was an older film out there that was pretty good, it was great actually.
So why, in this BBC adaptation is everything dreadful? I especially dislike the lead actress, she couldn’t quite pull of the mixed-frailty-and-strength that the protagonist had.