It looks like I still have my mind on the movies this week, even after the disastrous Oscar nominations, so I’m taking up The Broke and the Bookish on their idea to pick a random Top Ten Tuesday topic. We’re going with my favorite movie adaptations (with links to trailers if you’re so inclined)! To clarify, I’m only choosing from the pool of movie adaptations I’ve read and I’m not a book purist. I love film almost as much as I love reading, so I’m willing to give directors license. Also, I have no idea how Kirsten Dunst ended up here three times but…so it goes.
This is a total nostalgia pick. It’s probably not a good movie, but I was obsessed with it as a child and I’ll watch it any time it comes on TV. It also makes me a little sad because it marks the end of Christian Bale: Child Actor.
I know, I know. You probably hate this movie. Everyone hates this movie. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I’m a sucker for the extravagant aesthetic when it’s warranted (so, naturally, I also love Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby and Wright’s Anna Kareninina) and I can’t resist Jason Schwartzman, even when he’s Louis XVI.
I don’t know if I could handle a book to movie list without this on it. It’s near perfection.
I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan, but this is my absolute favorite. I want to hug everything about it. Plus: Jason Schwartzman!
I’m still feeling a little ragey about Gillian Flynn’s Oscar snub, which would have made her the first female nominee to adapt her own novel as a screenplay, so I’ll just say I thought it was a fantastic adaptation.
Oh, hey! More Sofia Coppola. More Kirsten Dunst. Could I be more predictable? This is one of those adaptions that’s not only a great film, it’s also very true to the source.
This is always my answer when people ask about my favorite movie adaptation. I loved the book, but adore the film for completely different reasons. Namely, the typing in the score and, you know, the green dress.
I’m always surprised to find that so many people have read this graphic novel but don’t realize it was made into a film. It’s in French, but just as beautiful as the book!
It’s hard to call this movie a favorite because it’s so ridiculously depressing, but it definitely did the work of capturing the mood of the novel.
This best adaptation ever? I’m constantly afraid that someday someone will try to remake this and it will ruin everything.
What are your favorite book to film adaptations?