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. For this week, I’m going to do a theme within the theme. I love to watch movies that are based on books. However, often those adaptations don’t turn out too well. So, today I’ll share some novel-based films I hadn’t expected to turn out too great, but surprised me all the way!
#1 The Perks of Being a Wallflower:
The thing is, everybody loves the book. However, I was extremely underwhelmed. Usually, the movie version is even step down from the novel, so I didn’t expect too much from the adaptation. Guess what? I was wrong! The movie is much more relatable and cuter than the book. The cast is great and I love the soundtrack!
#2 Perfume – The Story of a Murderer:
The book can only be described as intense. I had trouble imagining what a movie adaptation would look like and wasn’t sure whether it was a way of doing it properly. This film convinced me otherwise! The colors are so vibrant and it made my skin crawl almost as much as the novel!
Yesterday I heard the news that Alan Rickman one of the greatest actors of our time passed away. There are so many of his films that had a huge influence on me and I am beyond sad.
In his honor I want to present you all my favourite Alan Rickman movies.
This movie is just hilarious. Alan Rickman plays the Metatron, the voice of God. He sort of guides the last person related to Jesus Christ on her crusade to save world, as two fallen angels try to sneak their way back into heaven. This movie is not only funny and stuffed to the top with great actors, I also love that you can see how much time Kevin Smith spent exploring Catholicism to make everything accurate.
In 1985 Patrick Süskind’s only novel „Perfume” was published. The book, a mix-up of the two genres criminal and formation story is one of the most successful German publications of the 20th century. In 2006 Tom Tykwer adapted Jean Baptiste Grenouille’s story for cinemas.
Jean Baptiste Grenouille is born unwanted. His mother is arrested for the attempt of murdering him. He is sent to an orphanage. For a long time he doesn’t learn how to speak, it’s enough for him to smell the world.
After he worked for a tanner he takes up an apprenticeship at Guiseppe Baldini’s perfumery where he learns how to preserve smells. After his education he gets a journeyman’s certificate and goes to Grasse the heaven for perfumers.
After arriving there he gets to know the art of “enfleurage”, a conservation of smells with grease. Driven by his wish to create the world’s best perfume he begins to murder young women in order to transform the odour into perfume. After he killed the 25th girl he is arrested. When ascending the scaffold he’s wearing his perfume. It smells so lovely that all the people present declare him innocent.
Jean Baptiste Grenouille goes back to Paris where he pours the rest of his perfume over his head. Right then and there he is eaten up by the people. But those people didn’t feel any guilt afterwards. For once in their life the felt like they had done something out of love. Continue reading →