In July of 2009, Weekly Geeks were challenged to pick some of their favorite movies based on books. There are a lot of factors that go in to deciding whether or not a movie makes a "good" adaptation and frankly it is all pretty subjective. With that in mind, here are some more of my favorite book - movie adaptations:
The Fault In Our Stars 2014
There are plenty of adaptations that get the big things right. They get the main characters, the plot, and the spirit of the book. But it is rare for an adaptation to get even the small things right. The Fault In Our Stars does that. Granted, this is probably due in large part to the fact that the author was heavily involved in the production, but it is still pretty awesome. I sat there the whole time saying "That room is EXACTLY like I pictured it" or "I knew that is what he would look like in that jersey". A+ in my book.
This was a fairly tricky book to adapt as it is made up mostly of pictures. But Martin Scorsese did a wonderful job of capturing the book's magical qualities. It was particularly wonderful to see some of history's earliest films come to life again for a new audience. Add that to some terrific acting from the young cast of Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz and you have a truly stunning homage to both film and literature.
The Painted Veil 2006
This is a good example of a movie that was able to tell a different story from the book without really changing the plot. While W. Somerset Maugham's novel focuses mainly on the personal growth of Kitty, the movie focuses on the relationship between Walter and Kitty. It does this, however, without greatly altering the story and provides the audience with a slightly more satisfying ending.
Captain Blood 1935
Though older movies are notorious for straying a long way from the original source material, there are those that do a solid job. One of these is Captain Blood starring Errol Fylnn and Olivia de Haviland. Not only does it maintain the swashbuckling and romantic attitude of the book, but it does so without throwing away a chunk of the plot. It is also wonderfully cast and a treat to watch.
What about you? What are some of your favorite book adaptations? What makes an adaptation good in your opinion? Share with us!