Adaptations: Movies

A series I'm doing about my favorite media adaptations of books. The first part is the best TV adaptations.  There are a lot of adaptations out there, so of course if one doesn't make the list that doesn't mean it's unworthy (I've been reading a lot of Thor comics lately...). These aren't reviews so much as recs. Like, if you enjoy the book you might like this movie.

-The Painted Veil based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Set in the 1920's in China in the middle of a cholera epidemic. It has an amazing cast, beautiful costumes, and gorgeous scenery. It's exciting, romantic, tragic, and complicated.

-Lord of the Rings trilogy based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien: The bar was very high here. Tolkien is my favorite author. I wrote my senior thesis in college on Fellowship of the Ring. I think Peter Jackson did an amazing job with a seemingly impossible task. Of course there are things I would change, but overall these are still my favorite movies. I love the soundtrack so much. There are still scenes that give me chills no matter how many times I've seen the movies. They will always have a special place in my heart.

- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe based on the novel by C.S. Lewis: Speaking of Tolkien, his best bro also wrote some amazing novels. I remember seeing this in theaters and absolutely being in love with it. It's one of the most faithful adaptations I've seen. Very little is changed. And Liam Neeson as Aslan is A++ casting.

-Pride and Prejudice (2005) based on the novel by Jane Austen: There are a lot of adaptations of this novel (and of Jane Austen works in general) but this remains my favorite. I like how it's very understated. The costumes, the cast, the scenery are all perfect.

-Bladerunner based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick: I debated whether to include this. I love the movie and the novel a lot. But they're very different- almost like two different works. But I think that makes it really unique. They're both classics.

-The Martian based on the novel by Andy Weir: When I heard the movie was coming out I was very excited. But I wondered how they were going to adapt this- a lot of the plot involves Mark Watney spending time alone. It's a one man show at times. However, Matt Damon did an awesome job and they stuck to the spirit of the novel very well. It's a good balance of humor, suspense, action, and emotion. 

-Murder on the Orient Express (2017) based on the novel by Agatha Christie: When I saw the trailer I freaked out. I'm a big Agatha Christie and Poirot fan. Kenneth Branagh absolutely nailed it (because of course he did). The ensemble cast was amazing and I'm impatiently waiting on Death on the Nile to happen.

-A Streetcar Named Desire (1951): A classic. That's all that needs to be said really. So amazing.

Some honorable mentions include the Marvel movies and various Shakespeare adaptions. The Marvel movies took a ton of material and made an intricate movie universe out of it. There are so many good Shakespeare plays that have been made into great movies. Two of my favorites are the version of Othello starring Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh and the version of Hamlet starring Patrick Stewart and David Tennant.

This might end up being a two part list because I will inevitably forget some movies. I plan to do a list of adaptions I want to see.




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