Best Film Adaptations Of A Book

It has been a long time since I wrote something and yeah I am currently feeling very bored. It’s 11am right now, I am sitting in my office and I have very less work right now (let’s hope my boss doesn’t read it:P). Anyways, I was thinking, what are the best book adaptations to a movie in Hollywood and (as if I have read so many books, duh!). I got so many names popping in my head right now and I am about to share few of them with you.

1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo – You probably won’t believe me when I say I haven’t watched the 3 most epic movies in the history of time yet, but yes, I HAVE NOT! But I am including the movie series in this list because of 9.2 IMdb (duh!) and whatever I have read, heard from every movie buffs opinion. Mario Puzo, the writer himself assisted on the screenplay for Coppola’s classic.The ending of the film is actually gloomier than the book. But both film and book complement each other perfectly.

The Godfather Poster

© The Godfather – Paramount Pictures – 1972 − All right reserved.

2. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris – It is one of the most chilling and scariest movies I have seen in my life. Appreciated worldwide for “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, The Silence of the Lambs is a great movie, true to the word and it won the Big Five (best film; best director; best actor/actress and best writing) at the Oscars. The horrific themes in Harris’s book are handled in a subtle and taut fashion.

3. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – Ofcourse when we are talking about great movies, great novels, great fantasy movies, we have to have LOTR in the list! Personally it is one of my favourite movie series of all time. Considering the timeline and plot of novel and the story creation, the 3 movies are a delight to watch. While the films follow the book’s general storyline, they do omit some of the novel’s plot elements and include some additions to and deviations from the source material. The films were critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, winning 17 out of 30 total Academy Award  The final film in the series, The Return of the King, won all of its 11 Academy Awards nomination.

4. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – Here is a novel series ladies and gentlemen which I can say, have been a must part of my entire childhood J I have grown up reading the 7 book epic fantasy series with my friends, watching the 8 movies, admiring and criticizing all the modifications done in movie franchise. And surely I can confidently say that the creators of the movie series (Warner Brother’s) have done good justice to the books. The actors in the movie are given plenty space to womb their character in place. Every character has their own identity and you feel the same amount of compassion, love and hate towards them as you do while reading the movies. Although the IMdb rating of the movies might not be that high, but as a potterhead, I can assure you that I really loved the whole wizarding world in form of movies 🙂

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Poster

© Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Warner Bros. – 2002 − All right reserved.

5. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk – We can’t talk about book adaptations in movies without including David Fincher’s movies in the list. Just the cast says it all, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter! Fight Club presaged a decade of magazine articles debating man’s emasculation. It was intuitive, fiery and, above all, entertaining and also classified as Cult films of all time. Writer Chuck Palahniuk himself has applauded Fincher’s adaptation – while acknowledging that some simplifying had to take place.

Fight Club Poster

© Fight Club – 20th Century Fox – 1999 − All right reserved.

6. LA Confidential by James Ellroy – Again, the cast says it all, Kevin Spacey, Russel Crowe, Guy Pearce, Danny Devito, what more could you ask for! This movie again won 2 oscars, nominated in 9. Curtis Hanson’s reworking of Ellroy’s gritty and at times labyrinthine page-turner restructured the plot, but kept the book’s soul. In doing so, he reinvented film noir for the dying embers of the 20th Century. The epigraph of the book says “A glory that costs everything and means nothing—Steve Erickson

7. Gone with the wind by Margaret Michelle –We have to have classics also included in the list otherwise we are biased. Margaret Mitchell’s novel ran to an incredible 1,037 pages and the film is similarly unstinting in its devotion to telling the story, clocking in at nearly four hours. This dramatic retelling of the events preceding, during and following the American Civil War is rightly feted. Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard shine like the Hollywood royalty.

8. The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larson – Again a David Fincher masterpiece with its dark, grim tone. An unsettling film that executes its distressing motives superbly by paying close attention to Steig Larsson’s alarming book. In addition to being included in the best-of lists in several publications, the film was a candidate for numerous awards, ultimately winning nine accolades including an Academy Award.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Poster

© The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Columbia Pictures Corporation – 2011 − All right reserved.

9. Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – A critical and commercial success, David O. Russell’s adaptation of Matthew Quick’s acclaimed debut novel is a rare and marvellous thing. A superlative and sympathetically handled adaptation – a fact that deserves mention because of the sensitive subject material of bipolar disorder – it surprises, entertains and provokes in equal measure. Bradley Cooper is astounding in a serious role, and Jennifer Lawrence demonstrates a maturity way beyond her years, which also bagged her an Oscar.

10. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Based on a 2001 novel of same name, Life of pi, directed by famous director Ang Lee is also one of the audience favourite. Unusual in all the aspects it is a very different kind of adventure novel as well as movie. Surviving in vast Indian Ocean with a small boat with limited amount of food and water and that too along side a TIGER, sounds like a worst nightmare but a very daredevil. The movie got 11 Oscar nominations and won 4 out of it, this says it all 🙂

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