Saturday 30 September 2017

5 Movies That Were Adapted From Books That Blew Our Minds Away

It’s very often in Hollywood that we see a movie which was adopted from a book though it has to be said not all of them perform well and this might not have anything to do with the acting or directing just at times the story couldn’t be well told within the time space.
This is one of the major reasons why book-to-TV series adaptations are being more favoured for studios in recent years. In the past decade or so though, we’ve seen a host of book-to-film adaptations that deserve massive praise for how the mediums beautifully complemented each other.

So I present to you my favourite top 5 book-to-film adaptations in no particular order:

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Truth is told this is one of my best movies of all time. The complexity of the story really blew my mind. Cloud Atlas is a novel written by David Mitchell and had been considered unfilmable in theory. The structure and style of the book made it a nightmare to nap into a movie that can be enjoyed in one sitting.  Cloud Atlas movie is an experience that’ll make you seek out the book if you haven’t read it yet.

American Assassin (2017)
Vince Flynn wrote 13 books in the Mitch Rapp series with American Assassin being the eleventh one. American Assassin is actually the origin story of how Rapp became a CIA black-ops recruit. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from a political thriller: action, deceit, and a whole lot of macho toughness.

Directed by Michael Cuesta 2017’s American Assassin movie is a faithful adaptation of the source material that knows exactly what it is. At the end of the day, the book was a lot of fun, as was the movie. If you’re a fan of Flynn’s work, you’d be certainly be satisfied with this big-screen adaptation of it.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo once again proves that he is the master of psychological thrillers as he also maintained respect for the source material. Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara brought an auteur perspective to the intriguing storyline.

Gone Girl (2014)
This is another David Fincher movie and when reading this book you will see that no other director was perfect for the adaption than Fincher. It’s an uneasy, complex, and mind-boggling tale.  Fincher captured all of this and then some with his 2014 film.

With all the awards, nominations, and critical praise for Gone Girl, it’s possibly one of the best book-to-screen adaptations of all time. It’s not an easy watch or read by any means, but it’s one heck of a story in either medium.

The Martian (2014)
Originally self-published in 2011, Andy Weir’s debut novel was snapped up quickly by 20th Century Fox. Not long afterwards, producer Simon Kinberg began developing the film, bringing on Drew Goddard to adapt the screenplay and direct the feature.

Goddard departed the production before filming began and Ridley Scott came on board as the director, casting Matt Damon as the main character and the rest, as they say, is history. The film went on to win numerous honors and was nominated for no less than seven Academy Awards.

So there you have it folks, remember this are just my favourite feel free to add yours in the comment section. 

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