TV Show vs. Movie: A Series of Unfortunate Events

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It’s time for another post on A Series of Unfortunate Events. This time I want to shed some light on both the TV show and the movie. Which one is better?

 

The Plot:
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Beaudelair. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Beaudelair children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…
There are 13 books in total, and Netflix dedicated 2 episodes to each book. So the first season consists of 8 episodes and deals with the first four books. As that would be far too much for just one movie, only the first three books were adapted in the film.

 

TV Show vs. Movie:
I was hooked from the first episode on. In this TV show everything plays together perfectly. The casting is amazing, although I had my doubts about some of the actors, I ended up more than delighted. So far they keep very close to the novels, thus really making the story come alive. Furthermore, Lemony Snicket is very present in the TV show in his function as narrator. He is part of every episodes and makes several comments. This may sound a bit weird, as it’s not the usual thing to do, but believe me, it works out wonderfully. Another point I love about the show is the music. The title song for each episode is a little different and especially the song in the last episode was marvellous.

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Book vs. Movie: Kill Your Friends

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It’s time for another Book vs. Movie post. Kill your Friends was written by one of my favourite writers, John Niven in 2008. His dark comedy crime story was adapted in 2015, starring Nicholas Hoult in the main role as Steven Stelfox.

 

 

The Plot:
Steven Stelfox is an up and coming A&R agent in the Britpop music industry. However, the guy is more than hungry for success and perfectly willing to sell his own grandmother to get what he wants…

 

The Rating:
I remember when I read the novel a few years ago I immediately went out to grab every other book by John Niven I could get hold of. The way he writes is simply brilliant. The story is dark, gripping, evil and still hysterically funny at times. You can’t help but hate the main character yet it’s like a car crash: you just can’t look away. Both satirical and somewhat realistic, it is fresh and far more enjoyable version of American Psycho, that has some meaning behind it. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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It’s time for a movie review! Today I’ll write about a topic that has been adapted quite a few times already. One of those adaptations is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1992. Let’s see whether this version is any good!

 

The Plot:
It’s 1897. The solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet with one of new clients, the rather weird Count Dracula. However, Harker soon realises that there is something very wrong, while his fiance Mina has an interesting encounter back in England.
Dark powers are at work here and only few know how to battle this kind of evil…

 

The Rating:
I’ve seen my share of Dracula adaptations ranging from the classic Nosferatu to Wes Craven’s modern take on the story. This version is certainly one of the better takes on the story.
The cast is chosen very well, except for one role. While Winona Ryder, Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins excel in their roles, Keanu Reeves simply does not work as Jonathan Harker. During the whole movie he just doesn’t seen to fit in. He’s most certainly no match to Gary Oldman, his performance seems rather weak and becomes even more pale in the scenes Reeves shares with Oldman. Continue reading

Book vs. TV Show: A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Here comes another Lemony Snicket post! After I compared the books and the 2004 movie adaptation, I also wanted to shed some light on the recently produced TV show.

 

The Plot:
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Baudelaire children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…
There are 13 books in total, and Netflix dedicated 2 episodes to each book. So the first season consists of 8 episodes and deals with the first four books.

 

Book vs. TV Show:
I’ll begin with the novels. Although Daniel Handler’s book series is intended for children, it is certainly one of the kid’s novel I read as an adult. The characters are relatable and I love that for once kids are taken seriously. Even if you are already grown up you’ll be able to recall that often what you had to say was ignored just because you were a child. Beside the three main characters we get many weird additions to the characters and thus end up surprised each time somebody new shows up.
The setting is rather dark and unusual for a children’s book, which makes it even more enjoyable. It certainly is something different!
Moreover, I need to mention that A Series of Unfortunate Events comes with a great sense of humor. You might not expect it at first, but it made laugh all the time. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Brighton Rock (2010+1947)

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I recently stumbled upon an interesting adaptation of Brighton Rock, one of my favourite books, on late night television. It was the 1947 version in black and white! Immediately I was inspired to go for the newer take as well!

 

The Plot:
Pinky, far to young for the job, is the leader of Brighton gang. When they murder Fred Hale he has his hands full trying to cover everything up. Most of all he needs to take care of Rose, a young waitress who is a witness… Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: A Series of Unfortunate Events

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As I’m currently making my way through all the books in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, you can prepare for some more exciting posts on the subject! Today I want to shed some light on the 2004 movie adaptation, which covers the first three novels!

 

The Plot:
A Series of Unfortunate Events follows Violet, Klaus and Sunny Beaudelair. After a fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, they struggle with their new guardians. The first new care-taker they get is Count Olaf who is only after their money. However, each time the Beaudelair children seem to get rid of him, some new peril awaits them…

 

Book vs. Movie:
So, in this case it’s not only one novel I will talk about but three. The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window are the first three installments in Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate events. Putting the entire series (13 books) into one film is quite impossible, so it was definitely a good idea to change it up a bit. Continue reading