The world of book to movie adaptations is almost limitless, as books give movie creators a clear and coherent blueprint to work with. From Psycho in 1960, to The Silence of the Lambs in 1991, some of the most well received movies of all time are based on classic books. Yet, there are a group of movies based on books that were not received as well as others. Often times when a movie is created based on a book, the audience will criticize how well the movie holds up compared to the respective book. These are some movies that have been criticized, yet I believe they deserve more recognition.
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Based on the classic book by Roald Dahl, the movie follows an orphaned little girl who befriends a “big friendly giant” that takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world. Directed by Stephen Spielberg, the movie has been criticized for not being completely loyal to the narrative of the book. Critics have said that like one of Spielberg’s previous adaptations, Hook, the narrative should be more accurate to the book at hand. Yet, this movie reaches out to the inner children within all of us. I feel like older people familiar with the book expected the movie to be for grown ups, yet at its core, it is a children’s movie. If you are prepared to fall for the BFG’s charm, I recommend this movie wholeheartedly.
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Another movie directed by Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin takes three of the classic entries (The Secret of the Unicorn, The Crab with the Golden Claws, Red Rackham’s Treasure) and blends them all into one action packed movie. The movie was actually very well received, taking the Golden Globe for best animated feature film, and it was nominated for one Academy Award. Yet, loyal Tintin fans were not happy with the direction the film took. Fans said that the movie took more after Indiana Jones, and not the narrative of the Tintin entries, with a lot of acrobatic action, rather than the slow paced intellectual nature of the series. As a huge fan of Tintin, I do quite agree that the movie could be more loyal to the books; it doesn’t quite feel like it has the brand Tintin attached to it. Yet, if you could look at it separately from the Tintin books, it is still an amazing movie worth checking out.
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