It seems that every second film that gets released these days is an adaptation of a novel. The problem with making a film out of the book is that often, it never does the original text justice in terms of detail and character development. Making a film of a very well-known book is even worse; readers become very attached to their characters and have very strong opinions about how they should look and behave. Here are some of the latest book-to-film offerings that are set for release in the next few months:
Anna Karenina (originally written by Leo Tolstoy)
Pros: A star studded cast including a great performance by Keira Knightly, and lavish sets and costumes.
Cons: Many have criticised the adaptation for lacking substance and not delving into the more meaty themes of the original text.
Cloud Atlas (originally written by David Mitchell
Pros: Another big budget film with a stellar cast, it has been described as a ‘thinking person’s film’ and has generated a lot of Oscar buzz for its complexity and passion. Quite an epic movie!
Cons: Apparently the movie is a little confusing for those who haven’t read the book, and the film has been criticised for its portrayal of Asian characters; many of whom are Caucasian actors with prosthetics and CGI used to make them appear Asian. A bit un-PC, and a slap in the face for all those fantastic Asian actors out there!!
The Great Gatsby (originally written by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Pros: Baz Luhrman’s direction. Expect manic scenes full of colour and movement, with wonderful acting and an awesome soundtrack.
Con: Baz Luhrman’s direction. If you aren’t a fan of his style, then you probably won’t like his adaptation – it’s a bit of an acquired taste.
If you go along and see any of these film, or have read the book and have high expectations of the film, feel free to leave a comment below!!
Happy reading! Ms White 🙂