When a movie adaption of a book comes out, there is a common dissatisfaction from the people who have read the relevant book. Constant complaints about the garbled dialogues, missing storylines and That-didn’t-happen-in-the-book-!s become quite commonplace. But once in a while, along comes a movie that stays (almost) true to plot and does justice to the book. Here is a list of all those movies which have a special place in the readers’ hearts – right alongside the book:
This movie is an adaptation of the book ‘The Sheep- Pig’ written by Dick Kings-Smith. The story is about an adorable young pig, Babe, who lives in a farm and befriends all the animals, and becomes especially good friends with Fly, a sheepdog. The plot follows the adventures of Babe, as he follows his dream to be a “sheep pig”. The movie is sweet, simple and gives a feel-good feeling to the viewer. This movie is loved by the big, the small, and everyone in between. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won one for Best Visual Effects. Interestingly, the director, George Miller took ten years to covert the book into the movie.
This movie is an all-time classic, the same as the book. The wonderful book by C. S. Lewis of the same name, is captured marvelously by the director, Andrew Adamson, in the cinematic form. The movie retains all the charm and magic of the book. The story is set during WWII, when four siblings are evacuated to the countryside. Over here, they discover a magical world, Narnia, in an old wardrobe and have fascinating adventures. Two more movies have been made on the next books in the series, which were quite good- but none of them had the beauty and bewitchment of the very first one.
Many were critical when plans to make a movie adaption of this masterpiece from J.R.R.Tolkien were announced. But their doubts were silenced when the movies came out. Visually fantastic, with seamless cinematography and animation – this trilogy was a gift to the generations of Tolkien fans. Peter Jackson, the director, did an incredible job of ensnaring the enchantment of the books. A little snip here, a little snip there also ensured keeping the movies interesting even for the non- LOTR crowd. The three films together were nominated for 30 Academy Awards of which they won 17, including The Best Picture award for The Return of the King. These movies are a masterpiece in their own right.
This psychological thriller of a movie which made Hannibal Lector a cult character and boasts of five major Academy Awards was actually based on a book of the same name. The book is written by Thomas Harris as a sequel to another set of books which had Hannibal Lector as a pivotal character. The plot line portrays a young FBI cadet who has to track down a lunatic serial killer, Buffalo Bill, who skins his victims. Along the way, she is forced to take the help of another deranged psychopath, the iconic Dr Lector. The director, Jonathon Demme, remains loyal to the book, as well as adds personal touches to give the audience a mind-blowing watch.
This classic action thriller, immortalized by Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman (Snape!), is originally based on a book by the name “Nothing Lasts Forever”(another sequel) by Roderick Thorp. The movie storyline is about Detective John Mclane, who instead of spending a peaceful Christmas with his family, ends up racing against time to save a group of hostages who are trapped in a building with a criminal mastermind. Intriguing plot, isn’t it? It does differ a bit from the original book plot, but the director, John McTiernan, has done a wonderful job of retaining as much as the original story, and at the same time, adding new elements that make the movie better. This movie is truly the best action flicks of all times.
The boundaries between books and movies are slowly getting blurred. Almost every bestseller has a movie adaption and very soon, movies will be written into books. But, at the end of the day, what matters are the stories. And every director, irrespective if the movie is a book adaption or not, has to do justice to the story. Only this, can make a movie memorable!