The Book-To-Film Tag

This awesome idea for a book-to-film tag was stolen from Annie, over at The Misstery and was a whole bunch fun to do. So without further ado, here we go…

Best book-to-film adaptations

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly was beautifully adapted for the big screen and brought a truly powerful and historical event to the attention of those unaware of an era unwilling to change.

Worst book-to-film adaptations

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, was, for me, one of the worst book-to-film adaptations I have experienced. As a massive fan of the book as a child, the film totally underachieved my own imagination that I had created for myself beforehand.

Films that were quite different to the book but still good

Though many of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter books were not exactly honest to the written word, the films were still incredibly enjoyable and have created a fan base in their own right.

The film is better than the book

Forest Gump by Winston Groom is a great book, but personally I think the film is so much better in so many ways; mainly because Tom Hanks’ portrayal of the main character rips the written Gump off the pages with a new found ferocity.

Most anticipated book to film adaptation

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie looks like it’s set to be a fantastic adaptation with a phenomenal cast. If the trailer is anything to go by then this film will be an absolute joy to behold.

Wishlist 

One of my favourite book series was the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, though they began making the series into a film franchise with 2007’s The Golden Compass, this was where the adaptations met a sticky ending as the film was a complete flop, which was beyond a disappointment, but I still hold out hope for a future revival.

 

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Wonder Woman

A woman with whirlwind talent for heroics bursts her way into the DC film franchise.

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Born and raised by the Amazons on an island invisible to man, a young woman, Diana, learns of her talents and origins as she develops into a courageous woman ready to stand up for a world who is seemingly undeserving of her powers.

Gal Gadot heads up the casting as Wonder Woman and does an exceptionally elegant job of showcasing the characters uncompromising strength, coupled with her emotional fragility throughout the film. It is with a breath of fresh air that Gadot injects the modern woman into a formally token female superhero.

The resilience of the character throughout the plot enables the film to keep a pace with which an audience becomes absorbed; from the origins of the character to the break-out of her instinctive heroics, DC have finally managed to successfully adapt a character from page to screen without too much devastation.

Whilst the film is by no means perfect, I’m looking at you special effects team, it is certainly a step in the right direction for DC and gives fans hope for the forthcoming films expected later this year.

Baywatch

As comedic crime drama beach spoofs go, this one is just as ridiculous as is to be expected.

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A lifeguards work is never over, especially when you’re an LA County lifeguard, who’s roles apparently encompass the most unlikely of tasks such as undercover crime investigations; just another day at the beach for these guards.

Though David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson have had their characters upgraded in the form of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron, the basic premise is the same; everyone is astonishingly good looking and the beach crimes are as unrealistic as ever.

Despite an absolutely abysmal string of comedic slow-motion running scenes and face-palm worthy jokes, this film still manages to bring a smile to the faces of its begrudging audience.

The basic plot may be no different to its 1990s crime series counterpart and the special effects may have you cringing in your seats, but there is definitely something lovable about the sheer scale of this films ridiculousness.

Snatched

Amy Schumer is the unlikely daughter of Goldie Hawn on a holiday they’ll never forget.

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Dumped by her boyfriend and eager for travel, Emily (Schumer) finds herself with a spare ticket for an Ecuadorian adventure, so decides to enlist her mother (Hawn) as her plus one; what could possibly go wrong?

Though an unlikely pairing, Schumer and Hawn gloriously unite to provide audiences with a comedic journey like no other. From escaping boobs to drunken shenanigans, not a minute goes by without a laugh, or at worst, a face-palm.

The plot, whilst obviously and completely ridiculous, manages to successfully convey its story whilst providing the much needed comic relief and a worryingly accurate representation of a mother-daughter relationship, which is unwavering in its honesty.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea for its excessive use of dry humour, but it certainly checks most of the comedy genre boxes.

Spark

A royal monkey prince saves the world from a Gaddafi style dictatorship; yes this is apparently the world we now live in.

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After years of believing he’s an orphan, Spark discovers a secret like no other as he sets off on a mission to save his planet from it’s currently fascist reign.

Though not distributed by a particularly well-known film studio, this animated adventure showcases brilliance on a seemingly low budget. From the animation itself, to the character compositions, the film surprises with its originality and plot commitment.

Whilst the film only has the voice-acting name of Jessica Biel to slap on its promotional posters, the lack of critically acclaimed actors and production team adds to it’s surprisingly successful execution.

The film is not in anyway perfect, but it does provide a stable footing on which to sell itself to audiences young and old, even if it doesn’t have the financial backing needed to make it into the box office charts.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

The pirates return for the fifth time, with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his not so loyal crew setting sail for a new voyage.

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Admittedly, the past few releases have been well below expectations, but this new addition to the franchise has given the pirate themed films a new lease of life.

With Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) making an unexpected return to the plot, his son, now 18 years of age, tracks down Jack in an attempt to save his father from his seemingly permanent cursed life aboard the Flying Dutchman. Needless to say, with the infamous Captain Jack involved, things don’t exactly go swimmingly, as he literally finds himself being chased across the seas by death. 

There is little to say about the acting; Depp, is, as usual, spectacularly brilliant as the lead role of Jack Sparrow, which is to be expected given the amount of times he has played the character. With the likes of Bloom, Rush and Bardem, it’s not surprising that the acting is elaborately wonderful throughout this production.

The special effects, too, have complimented the films overall aesthetic, without over-complicating the intricacies of the plot.

It is though, despite all the new characters and technology included, still the same old Pirates of the Caribbean formula and sooner or later fans will become disappointed with the lack of change this franchise delivers to the big screen.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

With the general reading age of the book being for ages 8-14, the page to screen adaptation was never destining for cinematic greatness.

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Essentially, a boy named Greg, accompanied by his family, go on a summer road trip together and disaster ensues. 

Yes, you would be right to think this is basically a PG version of We Are The Millers.

As you might expect with a film predominantly aimed at children, the acting is painstakingly awful and at times you could probably have a goat stand-in and it’d have more talent. 

The story is somewhat interesting at best, and the main comedy aspect is best seen from a parental perspective, which showcases how truly terrible and irritating children can be.