Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is our Top Ten Best and/or Worst Movie Adaptations. I’ve split my list into five of each, although my “worst” adaptations are on the list simply because they didn’t adapt the source work as well as they could have (and SHOULD have). Making the “worst” list doesn’t automatically mean I didn’t like the film, though, so please keep that in mind! I just think that some things could have been done better.
The Hunger Games (2012)
This was easily one of the best film adaptations I’ve ever seen. Jennifer Lawrence WAS Katniss, and I just loved the way the filmmakers adapted the book. Awesome!
Prince Caspian wasn’t as faithful to the books as the first film was (good thing, really, since so much time is just spent with the Pevensies wandering around through the woods), but I still loved every single second of both of these films. I felt like the casting was spot-on (Ben Barnes’ unfortunate accent aside!), and just loved the way the magic of Narnia was brought to life.
Can anyone really argue with how amazing this trilogy was? From the epic scope, to the casting, to the costumes, to the settings, EVERYTHING was just perfect. I love these films so much. ♥
My love for this film knows no bounds! The book took me several tries to get through because it’s just, well … weird. The film, however, was a favorite from the very beginning! I love every single thing about this movie.
Truthfully, I liked the film version MORE than the book in this case, particularly the ending, which had a much more “happily ever after” feel to it than the book.
Honorable Mentions: The Hobbit (2012), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One and Part Two (2010, 2011)
Oh, this movie. I kind of loved it – and the rest that followed – simply for the laughter they gave me! When you and your friend go to the theatre to see them simply so you can point and laugh and make inappropriate comments, the film is probably not the best. I mean, “Spider monkey”? Really?
Okay, I love these books. And honestly – if this were a film standing on its own merit and not a book adaptation – the film is actually really good. Logan Lerman is amazing as Percy (even if he IS too old for the character), and I also really liked Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth. My biggest issue was how much they changed of the plot, because it makes it hard to adapt the rest of the books, and they’re at least doing Sea of Monsters because it comes out later this year. So this isn’t a terrible movie, it’s just a terrible adapation, if that makes sense.
Honestly, this is probably the best filmed of all the movies, at least until you get to Deathly Hallows. Again, my issue was what was left OUT of this movie: the explanation of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs and the importance of the Marauder’s Map. So this is one of those films that isn’t bad at all, it was just not everything I was hoping it would be. (This is probably exacerbated by the fact that this is easily my favorite HP book, so obviously, your mileage may vary!)
It wasn’t that I didn’t like this movie, because I did like it. It just wasn’t as magical and amazing as the previous two. Some of that could no doubt be attributed to the change in director and the change in production company, but this one just didn’t seem as seamless as the first two. I loved Edmund and Lucy, Caspian was also great, and Eustace was amazing. But it just wasn’t the same experience, and that was disappointing.
My biggest issue with this movie was that it was just … boring. I enjoyed the book a lot and was expecting something faster paced and more exciting. The relationship between the two main characters was off, too, because they played it more like a mentorship instead of the semi-romance it was in the book, and honestly it was all just weird. I was really not a fan.
Honorable Mentions: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), The Golden Compass (2007), Blood and Chocolate (2007)
So those are my picks this week! What did you choose? Please link me!