Book vs. Movie: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Hello my lovely readers!
You may be aware that a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous novel Murder on the Orient Express hit cinemas in 2017. However, before I check out the new movie, I got started with the book and the popular 1974 film!

 

The Plot:
Hercule Poirot just wanted to relax on the train while making his way back to London. He’s out of luck. One wintery night a murder occurs and as the train is snowed in, it’s upon Poirot to solve the crime and catch the killer…

 

Book vs. Movie:
I usually start with the novel, but in this case I had seen the film a few times already. So let’s talk about the movie.
One of the first things you might notice about it is the impress list of cast members. Lauren Bacall, Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins and many more make an appearance. So this simply has to be a brilliant film, right?
The scenery and costumes are wonderful. The story is presented in an intricate and capturing way that will certainly keep you guessing.
Let’s share some insights on the novel, before a little comparison. Continue reading

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Book vs. Movie: The Time Machine (1960)

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For this book vs. movie post I checked out one the most influential science fiction novellas of all time: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells and the 1960 adaptation which marks a milestone in sci-fi films!

 

The Plot:
A couple of friends arrive at the home of the inventor George. It January 5th 1900. The guys are surprised when after some initial delay George arrives – exhausted and clearly shaken. He claims that he’s been travelling through time since the group had last met…

 

Book vs. Movie:
Let’s see about the novel.
I was absolutely fascinated by Wells’ amount of imagination. He wrote the novella in 1895, so anything even resembling time travelling was yet to become a think to talk about. That’s why The Time Machine has been so extremely influential on the entire science fiction genre afterwards.
In general, Wells idea for the future are still relevant and fascinating. His novella gave me a lot of food for thought!
In 1960 director George Pal delivered the most iconic adaptation of this story with Rod Taylor in the main role.
Similar to the novella, the movie also mark a mile stone in movie history. The time-lapse photographic effects even won an Academy Award! Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Still Alice

Hey Guys!
It’s book vs. movie time. Today I want to write about the very moving novel (and the adaptation) Still Alice. Let’s see what I think about it!

 

The Plot:
Alice Howard is a smart and successful woman. She’s a university professor But when Alice approaches her 50th birthday, she starts to notice changes in her ability to remember. It turns out, she’s suffering from early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease…

 

The Rating:
I’ll begin with my thoughts on the book. Lisa Genova wrote a compelling novel that is absolutely haunting. I’ve read my share of horror literature but nothing has ever frightened me as much as this story.
Genova paints a picture of a bright woman who has to watch her mind change without really being able to do something. No matter how hard she tries, there’s no way of stopping the disease, all she can to is waiting and watching her abilities decline. The scariest part of it all is how relatable it is. It could happen to anyone. It doesn’t have to be Alzheimer’s, there are lots of diseases out there. Still Alice got under my skin, I swear even weeks after I finished the novel I would get the chills whenever I forgot something and started to wonder. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Dressmaker

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It’s book vs. movie time. This time I took a look at Rosalie Ham’s and the 2015 adaptation starring Kate Winslet!

 

The Plot:
Tilly returns to her home in the Australian outback after 25 years. She’s an entirely different person than she was when she left. However, the only thing that’s changed about the town is her mother being ill. Tilly still struggles with a dramatic event that occurred in her youth and wonders whether she might have been cursed since then.
While she tries to figure out her past, dressmaker Tilly will certainly bring some fresh wind to this dusty bit of world.

 

Book vs. Movie:
I usually read the book first, but in this case I stumbled upon this flick on TV and only found out later that there actually is a novel. So today, I’m gonna kick off with the film!
First of all, Kate Winslet is absolutely wonderful. We all know that she certainly knows what she’s doing and doesn’t fail us with this performance. She has some great additional cast, but Kate is the shining star here.
Let me warn you. This movie might not be what you expect. It has some dark moments but also some rather weird humor. It’s the kind of thing you either love or hate as it can be somewhat irritating. However, it’s exactly down my alley.  Continue reading

Old vs. New: Beauty and the Beast

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Maybe you saw my recent post on Disney’s remake of the Beauty and the Beast. While watching the new movie, you can’t help but compare it to the original animated film, so I decided to share my thoughts on that matter. 🙂

 

The Plot:
You all probably know the fairy-tale: a cold-hearted prince is turned into a beast for his cruel actions, only to be saved by finding someone who truly loves him. Well, a few years later he imprisons Maurice, who got lost in the woods and stumbled into he castle. Turns out, Maurice has a daughter who comes along to save him. Is this the beast’s chance for love?

 

Old vs. New:

Let me begin with the 1991 animated film. The first time I saw this movie was when probably around kindergarden-age. It immediately became one of my most beloved Disney films (and believe me, I had and still have a vast collection). The heroine is not a princess but just an ordinary girl who doesn’t fit in. Over the years the film grew even dearer to me, as I could relate to that feeling very well.
Belle has always been one of my favorites because she’s so active. She’s not waiting for some Prince to rescue her, instead she sets out to rescue her father (and then later the beast). I love how she doesn’t swoon over Gaston like all the other girls. She talks back and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. In the 90s Belle was a different kind of Disney princess!
The movie was wonderfully made with tons of love for details. Not only is there a lot of magic going on, Beauty and the Beast also has some of the best side-kicks ever!
Last but not least: the music. I’ve seen lots of Disney films, but this one really has some of the best songs. Even after all these years I can still song along to almost every track featured!

Let’s move on…
I was quite surprised to find out that the 2017 version of the story is basically a scene by scene recreation of the 1991 movie. They threw in two or three additional scenes but in general there’s not much difference. So you will get to hear your favorite songs and even your favorite bits of conversation!
When I went to the cinema, I had actually hoped for something a new, a fresh take and not the same thing in green. However, if you ignore that, the 2017 remake is a really nice film. The casting is absolutely divine and simply every actor and actress is so on spot, it’s unbelievable. Another point the remake can score with are the special effects. It all comes to life and gets so very real. You can tell that a lot of effort and money went into that part and it paid off.
So, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is a very well made movie, that will both give you that fuzzy warm nostalgia feeling and reach a new generation unfamiliar with the old film. However, the thing that bothers me is that throughout the entire film I had the distinct impression that the only reason it was so close to the original, is to make tons of money with minimal effort. That most certainly worked out for Disney!

 

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Book vs. Movie: The Devil Wears Prada

Hello my lovely readers!
I recently wrote a post on Lauren Weisbergers novel The Devil Wears Prada and on how much I – unfortunately – disliked it. Let’s see how the movie adaptation holds up in comparison!

 

The Plot:
Andy Sachs lands her first magazine job – at not just any magazine! She gets to work at Runway one of the most famous fashion magazine in the world. However, her boss Miranda is basically the devil. Andy has to survive one year in this job, but will she be able to make?

 

Book vs. Movie:
In case you haven’t read my book review, let me summarize real quick what I disliked about the novel: It was super repetitive, not only in motives but also in language. None of the characters had any depth. Despite Andy being the heroine of the story, I can not relate to her or even like her. She’s annoying, unprofessional and ungrateful. Miranda is depicted as extremely one dimensional which really did not help the story.
In light of these points of criticism, I was surprised how good the movie turned out to be.  Continue reading