In spite of my dislike of movie adaptations of books in general there are some that worked for me. Here is a selection (the links go to Youtube):
Most Stephen King adaptations are pretty bad, but this was was brilliant. Kathy Bates WAS Annie Wilkes.
- I, Claudius
A British TV series adapting Robert von Ranke Graves’ books about Claudius. Unforgettable: John Hurt’s dance.
- Girl with a pearl earring. You just have to like everything with Colin Firth.
- The Princess Bride
My last re-read of the book was disappointing, but the movie is fabulous. My favourite character: Vizzini
- The Enchanted April
A great book that we read around the world. The movie is just like it.
- The Lord Peter Wimsey series with Ian Carmichael.
He owns that role.
- The P&P BBC mini series
With Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle. Need I say more?
Isn’t Laurence Olivier great as Maxim de Winter?
- Why didn’t they ask Evans?
Not the one with Miss Marple! No idea why they always put sleuths into the story where they don’t belong. This is a stand alone. The movie with Sir John Gielgud, Francesca Annis and James Warwick is it!
- Bridget Jones’ Diary.
And yet again Colin Firth. Not saying this is the best film ever, but it worked. I like Renée Zellweger as Bridget.
Alfred Hitchcock never fails to deliver. The film was better than the book.
- Rosemary’s Baby
Not sure whether I didn’t like the Bramford best.
- The Lord of the Rings
Much better than the books (sorry, all Tolkien purists). I don’t know how often I watched those movies with every possible commentary and without. This is one of my many favourite scenes. Can’t wait for The Hobbit.
What movie adaptations of books worked for you?
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