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The 5 Best Adaptations of 2020 (and the 5 Worst)

As we come to the end of the year, it is always a lot of fun to see which of our favorite books made it to the big screen and how they panned out. However, one major setback of 2020 was that with the pandemic, we lost out on a lot of the adaptations we were supposed to get. Luckily we still got enough to satisfy our bookish cravings (and to make these lists) so while we wait patiently for more adaptations to come in 2021, let’s take a look back at the five best and five worst of 2020.

 

 

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5. The Call of the Wild

 

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Part of me wanted to put this on the “five worst” list, because of how far away from Jack London’s original tone and voice this movie strays, but my heart seems to always hold true with Disney. This was never a book that should have been picked up by Disney, but if you can remove yourself from being a literary purist and look at the movie with fresh eyes, it’s actually quite enjoyable. The CGI Buck can easily melt your heart; plus, we get to see this adorable pup next to the legendary Harrison Ford.

 

Original: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

 

4. The Witches

 

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The Witches came under fire upon its release due to the portrayal of the witches’ hands, so it can’t break top three on our list, but its accuracy to the Roald Dahl classic still lands it a spot in the top five. In addition to the faithfulness to the 1983 book, the casting was also done excellently. Stanley Tucci has never disappointed me in a role, and this is no exception. Anne Hathaway seemed to channel her inner Miranda Priestly, and Octavia Spencer’s warmth radiates off the screen.

 

Original: The Witches by Roald Dahl

 

 

3. The Kissing Booth 2

 

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To address the elephant in the room: yes, the first one was definitely better. On the other hand, though, we can’t deny that the sequel gives us everything we could have hoped to get out of it. The Kissing Booth 2 is a quirky, happy rom-com that might not accurately portray college but it does accurately portray the difficulty in picking one. Plus, how could I not include a Jacob Elordi movie on the top 5 list?

 

Original: The Kissing Booth 2: Going the Distance by Beth Reekles

 

2. Emma

 

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Before I can say anything else, let me just say this: Bill Nighy. I could not image anybody else playing Emma’s father, the crazy Mr. Woodhouse. I have liked Bill Nighy since Love Actually, I have loved him since About Time, and now I love him even more from being perfectly casted in a Jane Austen adaptation. Besides him, though, the casting was perfect all around and the movie itself portrayed the complicated world of Jane Austen love stories excellently.

 

Original: Emma by Jane Austen

 

 

1. Invisible Man

 

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Normally I am not a huge fan of modernizing classic tales, but this adaptation completely blew me out of my seat. It was the last movie I saw in theaters before everything got shut down and I cannot put into words how happy I am that I got to experience it in that setting. My heart was pounding the entire time, there were just a few healthy plot twists for the movie to maintain a firm grasp on my attention, and I always love seeing Elizabeth Moss being a hardcore, “don’t mess with me,” leading actress.

 

Original: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

 

 

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5. Dolittle

 

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For me, it’s hard to watch another adaptation of Doctor Dolittle when we just had the Eddie Murphy ones from the late nineties/early 2000s. Critics didn’t love it, but I grew up with those movies, so Robert Downey Jr. had some large shoes to fill nonetheless. Despite the star-studded cast, it just fell flat. The CGI animals didn’t look great and at times they were nearly as creepy as the cast in Cats. The storyline was also messy and unentertaining, only fit for an incredibly young audience that needs constant stimulation.

 

Original: Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

 

4. Artemis Fowl

 

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Unfortunately, Artemis Fowl is another children’s book gone wrong when it comes to its screen adaptation. Artemis Fowl was worse than Dolittle, though, because Kenneth Branah and his team tried to cram two books into one movie. Why is Josh Gad narrating every single thing in the movie (and I mean things you can and should already understand to be happening, and do not at all need a narrator to point out to you). The casting did not match up with the characters well, but the plot itself is a mess anyway so at that point it doesn’t matter.

 

Original: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

 

 

3. Rebecca

 

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This is another movie where I actually was not sure if I loved it enough to put it on the top five list or hated it enough to put it on the bottom five one instead. However, I will always find myself biased towards previous screen adaptations that I’ve loved already for years. The best-selling novel was brought to the big screen in 1940 by Alfred Hitchcock and would garner him the only Oscar he would ever receive, despite his timeless and legendary portfolio. I enjoyed the most-recent adaptation (and I especially enjoyed Armie Hammer/Armie Hammer with Lily James), but who in their right mind ever thought they could do better than Hitchcock?

 

Original: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

 

2. The Turning

 

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This adaptation was honestly just bad. There are no other words for it. If you don’t know anything about the Henry James gothic classic, maybe you can find it to be a somewhat decent horror film, but even so it leaves much to disappoint. Liberties were taken too far to create a new and different narrative than that of The Turn of the Screw. The ending was also completely botched; supposed to be left open to interpretation but instead left me feeling like I wasted my time. All I had to show for the hour and forty minutes I spent watching it was one lousy headache.

 

Original: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

 

 

1. Wonder Woman 1984

 

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I admit, this is a stretch to be included on the adaptation list, since it is a movie that was simply inspired by comic books and the storyline has very little to do with the comics themselves. However, there were a few things that made it from the comic books to the big screen; some of which went well and some of which did not. One that did not bode well is the explanation of the Golden Eagle armor, despite the fact I surprisingly like its origin story better in the movie. I believe the opening scene of Diana as a child was supposed to link to why she could wear the armor later on, but that’s my best bet given the fact the scene never came back into conversation. Realistically, that scene could have been eliminated entirely and the movie would have been better off. The duration of the movie is so unnecessarily long and if the opening doesn’t explain anything anyway, then what is the point in keeping it? Besides the pointless and dragged out opening and the failed explanation for how the armor came to be in Diana’s possession, the overall story was just stupid. Sure, it was entertaining and I was happy to see Gal Gadot back as Wonder Woman (and with Chris Pine by her side, somehow no longer dead). However, I had higher expectations for the sequel I have been waiting three years for.

 

Original: Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston

 

 

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Artemis Fowl to Debut on Disney+

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The long-awaited movie adaptation Artemis Fowl is finally arriving! The movie was supposed to premiere on May 29th in theaters. However, due to COVID-19, the movie will now premiere on Disney+ sometime in the near future. With most theaters closed, and everyone stuck at home, this optimizes viewing for a film that would otherwise have suffered.

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Artemis Fowl, is a young adult fantasy book series by the author Eoin Colfer. The story is about a young boy named Artemis Fowl (Ferida Shaw) who happens to be a 12-year-old genius. Artemis comes from a family of masterminds who have been accused of being criminals. Artemis goes to find his father who has disappeared.

Along his journey, Artemis discovers that the faeries are linked to his missing fathers disappearance.

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Artemis Fowl will premiere on Disney+ in 2020!

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The Artemis Fowl Film Adaptation is Way Off the Mark

How do you feel about a childhood book series being totally changed in a movie adaptation? The new Artemis Fowl movie being released by Disney this year is changing its main character, 12 year-old Artemis, into a good guy, instead the villain he famously was in the book series.

 

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“Artemis Fowl” had been compared to “Harry Potter” in the past, but this comparison didn’t sit well with the author of the series, Eoin Colfer.  His response was that Artemis is an anti-Harry Potter figure, someone who robs and kidnaps and is largely unbothered by remorse.

 

In the first book, Artemis’s father, Artemis Fowl I, goes missing, and his mother goes mad with grief.  Artemis and Butler, someone he relies on for protection, discover a portal to the fairy underworld, and Artemis kidnaps a fairy and holds her for ransom in order to fund his search for his father.  The fairies fight against Artemis for doing this, and he has to fight back against their powers.

 

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The trailer above opens with a dwarf named Mulch Diggums being investigated by a mysterious voice. The mysterious voice asks Mulch about the man he works for, to which Mulch replies, “This isn’t the father; it’s about the son,” grinning all the while.  We then see Artemis Fowl I praising Artemis Fowl II for his growth in strength and intelligence surpassing his expectations.

 

When Artemis senior disappears, Artemis junior receives a phone call that his father stole something important from an unknown group, and that he should return it or face consequences.  Butler then has no choice but to reveal Artemis senior’s underground lab to Artemis junior, stating that he has protected the world from secrets that could destroy Earth.

In the quest to find his father, Artemis partners with Mulch Diggums as well as a LEP elven reconnaissance officer named Holly Short.  There are then scenes of action-packed fighting against an otherworldly army.

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The problem with this movie, according to hardcore fans of the book, is that it’s a far departure from the “evil genius” character that is seen in the books.  The above Nerdist article links some of people’s opinions on the upcoming movie (I featured two I liked).

 

 

As you can see, some people are just… not happy. Their reasoning isn’t far off, though. The fact that the new Artemis Fowl movie features Artemis as a hero rather than as a villain is probably an attempt from Disney to make the film more kid and family oriented. Nevertheless, the entire premise is changed, and when that happens the film just doesn’t honor the novel it’s adapting.

Of course, if this doesn’t deter you, you can go see the movie in theaters when it releases. It’s not a bad premise, but the hardcore fans will probably be passing on this one.

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5 Book to Movie Adaptions We Can’t Wait For

The year is almost halfway through, but thankfully there are so many exciting adaptations happening the second half of 2019! Here are the one’s we are most excited for:

 

1. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

 

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Judi Dench and Josh Gad are set to star in the adaptation of Artemis Fowl. Set over the course of eight books, the first features our hero Artemis after he kidnaps an elf-fairy and holds her for a hefty, hefty ransom to help build back his family’s fortune. His dad, who is also a criminal, has been missing for quite some time as well. This sci-fi, fantasy tale was first published in 2001, and it was a hit amongst middle grade and young adult readers. It is astounding that it took this long to get the movie, but we can’t wait for this one to come out August 9th!

 

2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

 

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Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett are set to star in this adaptation when it hits the big screen on August 9th! The story is that of an anxiety-plagued mother, who hates everyone and everything until one day she caves from the pressure and suddenly packs up and leaves. Everyone, including her fifteen-year-old daughter, are left trying to figure out where she went and why she left. The book was originally published in 2013, and it was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Humor.

 

3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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When this book came out in 2013, it was impossible to not see someone reading it on the train or overhear someone else talking about it. The book was an instant success, taking home the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. Ansel Elgort and Luke Wilson are both set to star in the feature film this coming October. The story takes place over a decade, focusing on the coming of age of a young man whose mother dies from a terrorist attack in an art museum. This paves the way to a series of unfortunate events in his life, including moving in with his alcoholic father and stealing prized artwork. What I’m saying is if you haven’t read this one yet, make sure you get to it before this hits the big screen! It is a doozy.

 

 

4. The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell

 

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This is the closest we will get, for now anyway, to a female James Bond! After her entire family dies in a plane crash, a woman discovers that this was no accident, but a premeditated terrorist attack. She decides to leave her life of prostitution behind and become part of the Intelligence Agency. She becomes the assassin she needs to be in order to avenge her family’s death and take out every last person involved with the attack. Blake Lively is to star alongside Jude Law in this juicy thriller, set to hit the big screen November 22nd!

 

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

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You may be in the camp that says we don’t need another Little Women adaptation, but what if I told you Emma Watson was set to star alongside Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep? The star-studded cast is sure to make for a great film on its own. Add in the truly beautiful story Alcott penned in 1868 and it becomes irresistible. Taking place during the Civil War, it tells the story of four sisters, Mary, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they make their way through childhood and into the next stages of their lives, dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is one of the most heartwarming tales, and I can’t wait to see what these beautiful women do with the story!

 

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