My 10 Favorite Book to Movie Adaptions: Go watch them!
Some of these movies well known and loved but the other half are so incredibly under-rated and I just have to give them a shout out cause THEY DESERVE THE HYPE!
1. Treasure Island (1990)
Christian Bale as Jim Hawkins and Charlton Heston (and Christopher Lee for a bit). Need I say more? Nobody loves the book more than I do and this movie is fuckin incredible, exciting, gritty, and VERY close to it’s source material.
2. The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (The Royal Shakespeare Company)
Eight and a half hours of the best theater you will ever see. End of story. Nothing will ever come close. Holy shit.
YES THEY FILMED IT, IT’S ON DVD, THANK GOD!
3. The Great Gatsby (2000)
Paul Rudd! Paul Rudd makes this movie. He plays Nick who is the narrator in the book and in this movie you get watch him become more and more disgusted with the culture that he’s jumped into.
This is not a very romantic movie. It’s gritty, and a bit bleak. You see the underside of the glossy Jazz Age. Bravo.
4. Peter Pan (2003)
NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THIS FUKCIN MOVIE! DEAR GOD IT’S THE BEST LIVE ACTION CHILDREN’S MOVIE EVER MADE!
Everyone I know who’s seen this movie adores it. Because it’s perfect. It’s got Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook! You can’t get more bad ass.
5. & 6. Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean) and Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd)
Both of these books series were based during the Napoleonic Wars; Richard Sharpe in the British Army and Horatio Hornblower in the British Navy. But what is so special about these two series is that they were filmed during the 90s by the BBC so they are great fun to watch as a pair.
(added bonus: Sean Bean is an action hero in 14+ stories and lives)
7. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
This movie owns my soul.
8. Great Expectations (1999)
If you don’t like the book you won’t like this movie either.
BUT if you loved the book like I do you have to watch this. Ioan Gruffudd is a great fit for Pip because no matter how dumb or selfish Pip’s decisions are you can’t help but feel sorry for him and his fall from grace at the end of the story is super emotionally visceral. Thanks Ioan!
9. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Even though the story has to be paired down a ton since the book is so fucking LONG it’s still a great adaption. All the drama and sword fighting and intrigue that I like about the story is still there.
RIP Roger Rees (1944-2015) - Welsh stage and film actor known for his appearances in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), Frida (2002) and The Prestige (2006) died on July 10, same day as Omar Sharif - coincidentally they both appeared in Mountains of the Moon (1990) - after a brief illness. Mostly playing villains, Rees had a long carrer with roles in Bob Fosse’s Star 80 (1983), A Christmas Carol (1984) Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), the miniseris Titanic (1996), Next Stop Wonderland (1998), A Midsummer’s Night Dream (1999), The Emperor’s Club (2002), The Scorpion King (2002), The New World (2005), Game 6 (2005), The Pink Panther (2006), The Invasion (2007) and Survivor (2015). On TV, he’s best known as James MacPherson in Warehouse 13, and appearances in Oz, The West Wing, The Good Wife, Elementar and Grey’s Anatomy. On stage, he won a Tony Award in 1982 for his performance as Nicholas Nickleby in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, also recreating the role for a TV movie and earning an Emmy nomination; and as Gomez Adams (replacing Nathan Lane) in the musical version of The Addams Family, play written by his husband Rick Elice.
“At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, He is sleeping, he knows nothing, let him sleep on.”
Alistair and Sherlock in Elementary, “No Lack of Void”; 2x20
– This combination of brilliant acting from both Jonny Lee Miller and Roger Rees, beautiful writing, and great direction make this episode one of my favourite episodes till date.