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July 9: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations (you could pick best or worst OR split it in half).
I went for half-ish. I’m far more inclined to adore movie adaptations than deplore them.
1.Cloud Atlas (2012); David Mitchell. Yes, the movie is weird and disjointed, but the book is weird and disjointed, so it’s supposed to be that way. I think it’s amazing that anyone made this particular book into a film that made sense at all.
2. Easy A (2010)/Scarlet Letter; Nathaniel Hawthorne. This is a looser adaptation, with a high school girl who people think has been sleeping around. She decides to wear red As on her clothes, since they’re reading Hawthorne’s book in class. Hilarious movie!
3. Fight Club (1990); Chuck Palahniuk. Perfectly captures the feel of the book. Otherwise, I can’t talk about it. Don’t want to break the rules.
4. Holes (2003); Louis Sachar. Whimsical and magical, and yet also perfectly captures the hot, dingy reality of a camp for ‘troubled’ boys. And poor Stanley… he’s well-acted.
5. Jaws (1975); Peter Benchley. Another movie that deviates from the book, but much to the movie’s benefit. Even a major technical prop problem helped to create tension.
6. Matilda (1996); Roald Dahl. Even though the movie exaggerates greatly Matilda’s powers, this is still a great example of small people standing up to bullies.
7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2010); Lewis Carroll. Alice’s adventures are supposed to be dreamy, confusing, and strange, but the movie is simply strange.
8. Bicentennial Man (1999); Isaac Asimov. Perhaps the problem was that this was made from a short story, and there simply wasn’t enough to make a full movie. Either way, this translation lost some of the thought-provoking logic, and gained a bit much sentiment.
9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)/Dr. Suess. From a typical work by Suess, funny and clever, to a movie with a monster who was scary in all the wrong ways. Maybe this was the make-up, but it may have been the acting, too.
10. Water for Elephants (2011); Sara Gruen. The book was sad, and fraught, and the movie was just… sad. Something got lost in translation.