A Christmas Carol (2009)

Hello, my darling readers!
After watching the Christmas Carol version of The Muppets, I was so excited about the story, that I wanted to give this adaptation a shot as well. Let’s see how Jim Carrey holds up as Scrooge!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.

The Rating:

Well, I don’t know what this was but it was definitely not it.
Sure, the film hat it’s moments, but overall it’s a take on Charles Dickens’ story that I wouldn’t watch again.

While I certainly appreciate the amount of work that must have gone into this motion-capture thing, it just didn’t hit the right spot for me. It’s a weird amalgam of crazy images and often features over the top scenes. Honestly, the laugh of the one ghost will haunt my nightmares.

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Graphic Novel vs. Movie: Watchmen

Hello, my darling readers!
After my comparison of the Watchmen graphic novel and the TV show released in 2019, I also had a look at the 2009 movie adaptation by Zack Snyder!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

Graphic Novel vs. Movie:

I’ll begin with my thoughts on the novel.
The aesthetics are beautiful and the colors hypnotizing. Honestly, I could have spent hours flicking through the pages and enjoying the artworks. It’s worth picking up the graphic novel for that alone.

Looks aside, the story is hands down amazing. It could scarcely put the thing down, I was so entranced and wanted to find out more. This alternate universe is fascinating and (dancing around spoilers here) the entire premise is a unique take.

What can be said about the film? Well, first of all, it was LONG. I happened to watch the ultimate cut which comes with a whopping length of 3 hours and 35 minutes. Even the basic cinema version comes to almost three hours. Just for reference: 3 hours and 35 minutes is longer than a Lord of the Rings movie.

Somebody really needs to have a serious conversation with Zack Snyder about that. It’s not the first of his films that I find way too long!

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Movie Mania: The Princess and the Frog

Hey guys!
Today I’m letting my inner child run free. I checked out Disney’s production The Princess and the Frog, which is a 2009 animated fairy-tale-thingy.

 

The Plot:
Tiana is a young woman with big plans. She works her ass off to save enough money in order to open her own restaurant. But during a masquerade ball Tiana kisses a frog – hoping to turn him into a prince. However, it all goes horribly wrong and she ends up as frog… Continue reading

The Last House on the Left: Old vs. New

Hey Guys!
Today I have one of my rarer posts for you. Still movie centered but this time I’ll compare old and new version on one flick! This time it’s The Last House on the Left I’m looking into!

 

The Plot:
Two girls are out having a good time when they encounter a rather cute looking guy. It soon turns out they never should have spoken to him. He’s the son of a recently escaped serial killer, who happens to stroll around the corner.
Needless to say, it doesn’t end good for the girls.
However, something worse is yet to come…

 

Old vs. New:
Before I begin with the actual review, I have to explain that it’s the two most recent versions (1972+2009) I will talk about. While doing some research I found out that the 1972 version is based on a Swedish movie (1960) which is based on a folk tale. But that’s for another post…

So, let’s start the Wes Craven’s directional dĂ©but. The original movie was shot with a rather small budget and I have to admit it clearly shows. It feels like one of those trashy 70’s horror films we all know aplenty. You can clearly tell that the story (and the actors) have potential but it just didn’t turn out in the best way. The plot is frightening and many of the scenes will most certainly give you the creeps. But there simply are better horror movies of that time.

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Book vs. Movie: The Picture of Dorian Gray (2009)

Hello folks!
I finally have some spare time, so prepare for a bunch of Book vs. Movie posts in the next weeks!
The 2009 adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray is to be the kick-off for this. Ben Barnes stars as the eponymous young lad who longs for eternal beauty.

 

The Plot:
Dorian Gray is a young, wealthy and good-looking man. When his friend Basil Hallward paints a picture of him – capturing his beauty – Dorian makes a wish: If only he would stay as young and wonderful as the Dorian on the canvas and the painting would grow old in his stead. Soon before long it turns out his wish came true. But of course that’s not as pleasant as it seems… Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009+2011)

Both book and movies are pretty famous by now. But somehow I never managed to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. At least not until a few weeks ago when I stumbled through the library in desperate need for a good read for the weekend. By now I’m almost finished with the last book in the Millenium series! And I caught up on the movies as well 😉

 


(2011 adaptation)

 

The Plot:
The journalist Mikael Blomkvist hit rock bottom. After his magazine Millenium published an investigative report on Wennerström, Blomkvist was sentenced to prison as his allegations turned out to be wrong. While he takes a break, he gets an unexpected proposal. Mikael Blomkvist is asked to investigate an 40-year-old murder case. With the help of the super investigator and social nightmare Lisbeth Salander he discovers some interesting findings… Continue reading