My reactions to movies made from books I’ve enjoyed varies from adaptation to adaptation. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit and watch the characters while a plot unfolds. I usually give a film a chance so at least I can say how a good book was or wasn’t butchered. I’m not the type to read a book just because it’s being made into a movie, but if I end up liking the movie enough I might read the book.
Last month, I watched the “old” Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with my friends’ kids. When it was over they asked me to put in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a fan of Tim Burton’s work, I was thrilled when his adaption of Roald Dahl’s classic came out in theatres. I love, and own, both films because they each bring a different dimension to one of my favorite childhood books. Depending on my mood, I’ll watch the musical with Gene Wilder or the darker version with Johnny Depp. I think that stormy day was the first time I did a Dahl double feature.
A few other film adaptations that I was fairly pleased with, but don’t own, are Othello (with Laurence Fishburne), Les Misérables (with Liam Neeson), the DaVinci Code, the Mists of Avalon, and the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe– though I still fondly remember the old animated film. I found Memoirs of a Geisha lacking, but don’t really remember why. I can’t think of any I was dreadfully disappointed with off the top of my head so I may have blocked them from my memory.
So what about you?