Thursday Movie Picks: Worst Book to Move Adaptations
This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is all about those book adaptations that just let us down. We all have them. It's hard as hell to translate a book to screen. Very few have done it well. Here are some films where I felt they were lacking compared to their book counterparts.
1) The Lovely Bones - I should say that I don't hate this movie. I actually really liked the cast and I think they were great in their roles, but I wish a woman would've directed this. What makes The Lovely Bones so compelling and sad is Susie having to watch everything she's missing out on go on without her. How she never gets to have these "firsts" she looked forward to as a young woman. Director Peter Jackson chose to brush over that quickly and instead focus on the more fantastical elements of the story that were not even important. I hope someone takes another crack at this again in the future, even though Saoirse really was the perfect Susie.
2) The Woman in The Window - I didn't hate this either, it was fine, but the fact that they cut out such a large part of the novel, mainly Anna's online relationships, it makes the third act feel like it came out of nowhere and was just penciled in. All the reasoning for the big twist is thrown out the window and we're just given a short explanation that wasn't in the book at all. I was going to go with Girl on a Train here, but this one unseated this.
3) The Cat in the Hat - Not that I felt very strongly about an adaptation to this memorable children's classic but holy shit was the Mike Myers version bad.