Thursday Movie Picks: Book Adaptations

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today we talk about one of my favorite topics: book adaptations!

#1 Rebecca

I can’t believe it took me this long to finally read the book. It was only earlier this year that I picked it up for the first time. The book holds up so well even after almost 100 years and Hitchcock’s take on it is one of the best adaptations I have ever seen.

#2 Pride and Prejudice

In a similar vein, it was only recently that I read Pride and Prejudice and watched the adaptations that I’ve heard so much about on tumblr. I’m happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed both book and movie!

#3 The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time had been on my radar since Netflix dropped the first trailer. The book was so dark! It’s almost funny that many reviews I read complained that the movie was too dark considering that they toned things down a bit.

What’s your favorite film that’s based on a book? Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Book Adaptations

  1. I love that adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I think I like it more than the book, just because my favorite Austen novels will always be Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility. As for Rebecca, I have watched so many adaptations, but I still haven’t read the book – I do have it at home though.
    I don’t think The Devil All the Time is for me, but the case looks fantastic.

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  2. You’re not alone in taking forever to read Rebecca. It’s been on my to read list for longer than I like to admit, I even own a copy!, but just have never quite gotten there. I like the film but outside of Judith Anderson’s brilliance as Mrs. Danvers never enough to pick up the book.

    Jane Austen takes me a while to read, her writing style is strong but her language is dense, but I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice when I read it but I LOVED this adaptation of it. I’ve seen many others but Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFayden fit my idea of Lizzie and Darcy so well they put this one above the others. The whole movie is so beautifully composed.

    I’ve heard of the last but have neither read the book nor seen the film version. I don’t have Netflix so chances are slim I’ll be able to check it out any time soon.

    I decided to do a theme within the theme to help narrow my choice and came up with three starring Robert Redford, the first two are among my favorite films.

    All the President’s Men (1976)-Near perfect adaptation of the Woodward/Bernstein book of the same name that details how the two dogged reporters methodically uncovered the Watergate coverup and brought to light the corruption that led to the fall of Nixon’s presidency. A phenomenal cast in every role headed by Robert Redford as Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein. Jason Robards won a Best Supporting Actor trophy for his work but equally deserving was the unnominated Hal Holbrook as Deep Throat.

    Three Days of the Condor (1975)-Joe Turner (Robert Redford), code name Condor, is a low-level CIA analyst working as a reader in a small NYC office. One rainy day he slips out the back door for lunch and returns to find everyone slaughtered. Panicked he contacts the agency but instead of help finds himself a hunted man. With danger all around he tries to find answers before the mysterious stranger on his trail (Max von Sydow) catches up with him. Adapted from the compulsively readable spy novel “Six Days of the Condor.”

    The Great Gatsby (1974)- Young Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston) serves as our guide through the lives of the fabulously rich but mysterious Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford), his former paramour Daisy (Mia Farrow) now married to intractable Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern) and the others in their sphere. Gatsby still yearns from Daisy and that triangle will lead to tragedy. Gorgeous looking but sterile adaptation of the difficult to translate F. Scott Fitzgerald masterpiece is all surface with a few good performances (Dern, Waterson, Karen Black as the ill-fated Myrtle) but a surprisingly bland one from Redford and the total miscasting of Mia Farrow in the key role of Daisy.

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