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Post by Radaghast on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:37 pm

In all fairness to Peej, I'm not sure his Hobbit movies exactly stand out as bad adaptations (and apart from whether or not you were liked them as movies, I don't see how anyone could argue they were good adaptations). There have been others, arguable equally as bad. I can think of three other examples:


  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas — Jim Carrey put on an uncomfortable suit and yellow contact lenses for for...this? Idiot. Couldn't even watch the whole thing. Just seemed unbelievably dull and pointless.
  • The Cat in the Hat — Did the makers of this movie not know this was a children's book?
  • Where the Wild Things Are — Couldn't make it past the first 20 minutes.

Any others?

I should also qualify that these examples are just opinions. Apologies to anyone who enjoyed them. Though, again, as far as being adaptations, they're all a pretty far cry from the books they're based on.


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Post by Norc on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:46 pm

harry potter 4 and 5.

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Post by Radaghast on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:46 pm

Interesting Very Happy

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Post by Mrs Figg on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:51 pm

any Harry Potter film that David Yates made was destroyed. Utterly. He killed the magic with his dull pedestrian hand.
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Post by Ringdrotten on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:53 pm

Norc wrote:harry potter 4 and 5.

I'd like to make that 3, 4, 5 and 6 Smile

Treasure Island, two part mini-series from 2012. Posted my review of it in another thread, but it's right up there with DOS Mad

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Post by Norc on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:55 pm

i think 3 was the best, but i can agree with the rest Ringo.

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Post by Radaghast on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:57 pm

Hm. I didn't think any of the HP films were terrible, though I thought HP1 was fairly dull (I've never caught more than a few minutes of Cos). I'm not really enough of a fan to argue the point, though I'll readily agree that the books are much better.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:00 pm

1 and 2 were the best, and 3 was the most artistic and probably the critics favourite.
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Post by Radaghast on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:01 pm

I'd like to add the Chronicle of Narnia movies to the list, at least the first two (didn't see the third). Admittedly, I haven't seen the second one, but I've heard enough to make a judgment on it.

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Post by Norc on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:01 pm

the first one was good i think, but the rest dear lord.. they suck. they could've been soooo much better..

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Post by Radaghast on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:02 pm

Mrs Figg wrote:1 and 2 were the best, and 3 was the most artistic and probably the critics favourite.
I liked 3 a lot when I saw it in the theater. It was also my favorite book at the time.

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Post by Bluebottle on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:06 pm

Well, it doesn't help when you change director just about every movie.

Didn't they have 3 widely different locations for Hogwarts just in the first 3 movies as well?

It might have been better going with Terry Gilliam as director as JK Rowling originally wanted.

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Post by Ringdrotten on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:07 pm

I hear many people liked the third HP film, but I thought it was horrible when I first watched it, and when I rewatched it a few years later I could but agree with myself. It's not DOS, I'll give it that much, but my god did they miss the mark. It suffers from much of the same that films 4, 5 and 6 do - rush, rush, rush and unecessary changes and omissions. I don't want to make this another "ringo's rant over HP films" thread, though, so I'll zip it before I do Nod

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Post by Norc on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:07 pm

Terry Gilliam? that would be.. something els.

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Post by Radaghast on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:12 pm

Bluebottle wrote:Well, it doesn't help when you change director just about every movie.

Didn't they have 3 widely different locations for Hogwarts just in the first 3 movies as well?

It might have been better going with Terry Gilliam as director as JK Rowling originally wanted.
Now that would have been interesting!
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Post by Bluebottle on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:39 pm

Yeah, I find it interesting to think about how that might have turned out.

I think she loved his movies like Time Bandits and Brazil. (Both rewritten by Michael Palin if I rember correctly.)

If he had stayed for the entier 6/7 movie run it would have been infinetly preferable, even if the movie company originally wanted a more blockbuster style director.

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Post by Radaghast on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:51 pm

Time Bandits was written by Palin and Gilliam, but Brazil was written by Gilliam and two other people.

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Post by Mrs Figg on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:38 pm

well when Brazil was made Gilliam was on top of his game, but recent films by him have really sucked.
I think Chris Columbus got the casting nearly perfect for HP, so he gets credit from me for that.
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Post by Radaghast on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:39 pm

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen was a good movie.

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Post by halfwise on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:42 pm

I've been surprised that people found HP1 to be dull - I think it captured the gentle magic of the book perfectly. Maybe the gentleness of it made it dull?

I Robot can't even count as an adaptation as far as I'm concerned. I don't think it was such a bad movie, but had almost nothing from the book, especially the intellect.

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Post by Radaghast on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:48 pm

To me, the direction of Chris Columbus made it dull.

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Post by Ringdrotten on Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:10 pm

halfwise wrote:I've been surprised that people found HP1 to be dull - I think it captured the gentle magic of the book perfectly.  Maybe the gentleness of it made it dull?

The first film is my favourite. The castle is alive, the magic is there and all in all it doesn't treat the book like shit.

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Re: Other Bad Book Adaptations

Post by bungobaggins on Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:14 pm

Fahrenheit 451 is a terrible adaptation, and a terrible movie.





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Post by Norc on Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:14 pm

the first one is best because it is innocent. and the book is thin.

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