July 9: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations
These will all be in the “best” category, as I actually can’t think of any horrible movies/books that I have read (thankfully I never did see/read Twilight, etc.). There are also various other movies that I’ve loved (Hunt for Red October, Les Miserables, Princess Bride) but have unfortunately not read the books yet, and therefore did not include them in this list (or the opposite, like Jurassic Park because I read the book recently but haven’t seen the movie in a long time, and hardly remember it at all).
- The Prestige–Both one of my favorite books and movies, this movie was definitely a fantastic adaptation. In fact, this is one of the only cases where I can honestly not choose if I like the book or movie better, as they are both fairly different, yet amazing at the same time.
- The Lord of the Rings–I’m currently making my way through The Return of the King(book), but I definitely love Peter Jackson’s adaptations.
- The Hobbit–Same as above. I’ve read the book several times before, and while the movie is obviously quite different, it’s still amazing and a great adaptation, IMO.
- The Passion of the Christ–As a Catholic Christian, this is one of my favorite movies, and is definitely the best adaptation of any part of the Bible that I’ve seen (though The Nativity Story was also well-done, but didn’t have the emotional toll that this one did). Many people have commented–including the Pope–at how this is a fairly accurate representation of what Jesus went through.
- The Lincoln Lawyer–I love both the book (by Michael Connelly) and the movie, and I think this is a very good adaptation. Better also because Connelly himself likes it, and I’m always glad when an author likes a movie based off one of their books (same thing with The Prestige–Christopher Priest was quite impressed with the movie).
- Shooter–Based off the book Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter, I thought this was a great adaptation. Also very different from the book, but I love Mark Wahlberg in this movie and the movie itself overall.
- The Town–Based off the book Prince of Thieves, by Chuck Hogan, I really enjoyed it. Wasn’t a huge fan of Ben Affleck, but I thought the movie itself was a pretty good adaptation, and Jeremy Renner was absolutely fantastic.
- Sherlock–So not a movie, but considering each episode is 90 minutes, they may as well be considered movies. Obviously vastly different, considering how it’s based in modern-day London. Be that as it may, this is a fantastic show, and an amazing adaptation of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.
- Harry Potter–Loved these books, and I thought the movies were fairly good overall.
- The Hunger Games–Not a bad book or movie, and while a lot was missing in the movie, I still thought it was a good adaptation.