Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Movie Adaptations

This weekly happening is hosted over at the Broke and the Bookish.

So this week's theme can either be best movie adaptations or worst movie adaptations. I'm going to do an amalgamation of the two.

Worst Movie Adaptations.

1. Bridge to Terabithia (2007) — IMDB
Sorry Josh Hutcherson, you know I love you (even though you're a UK fan), but this movie sucked. The 1985 version was equally bad, but it was also the 80s, so it's sort of allowed. By 2007, you should be able to do cool effects and at least make the movie semi-interesting.

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) — IMDB
I LOVE Harry Potter. So don't get me wrong. I'm not here to bash on the series. It's great and I will forever love them. However, this book was my very favorite, and the movie just did not do it justice. Hear me out — I don't need it to be perfectly lined up with the book. But the whole movie was set in a comedic romantic fashion, and Harry Potter lost most of that after the third book. The sixth book was dark, secret-revealing, and mysterious, and the movie just did not express that at all. Now, I still enjoy the movie. But as far as book adaptation? Generally, as far as HP goes, I'm not super picky. But this one? Not good.

Best Movie Adaptations.

3. The Hunger Games (2012) — IMDB
I told myself I wasn't going to use this one because a lot of other bloggers probably have this on their list. But honestly? This movie was just too damn good not to use. I loved the quick pace, the shaky camera, and the costumes — THE COSTUMES. Sure, there were a few little things (like I wish they would have upped the creepy factor of Snow and played up how people were reacting and rebelling a bit more), but this movie kicked ass. Just like Jennifer Lawrence (way to rep, Louisville!).

4. Pride and Prejudice (2005) — IMDB
Okay, before you all start yelling that I put this one on here and not the BBC kind, I love them both so so much. I mean, Colin Firth. But, I didn't want to use two whole slots for the same book, so I picked one. And frankly, this one gets a nudge over the other one because I get too antsy and can't sit through the other one in one sitting. But they're both wonderful.

5. Matilda (1996) — IMDB
One of my favorite movies and books as a kid. Roald Dahl could do no wrong, and neither can this movie. Also, FYI, the new musical is FANTASTIC.

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) — IMDB
This movie was phenomenal. Hands down. And even though you could tell Emma had a teensy bit of trouble with an American accent every once in a while, it was still so great. The acting, set,  and not to mention the soundtrack

7. The Prestige (2006) — IMDB
This movie is... just... AH. Words cannot describe. It's in my top 5 all-time favorites. (Along with Remember the Titans, The Breakfast Club, Dead Poet's Society, and the Princess Bride). So good.

8. Fight Club (1999) — IMDB
Chuck Palahniuk is genius. And so is this adaptation. End of story.

9. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001) — IMDB
Obviously these are on here. Just way too good to not be.

10. The Princess Bride (1987) — IMDB
As you wish.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Turtles? I love comments, so leave me one!

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