Thanks for the congrats on the movie deal, everyone. I am really excited. As most of you know, there are still a LOT LOT LOT of things that have to line up for the movie to actually be made, so fingers crossed. But it’s great to have taken that first step. I will be sure to keep you posted when I can on any developments.
So let’s talk about movies. One of my favorite parts about teaching was the film unit I did each year. And a well-done film interpretation of a book? I’m all over it. As are most of us.
Here is a list of some of my favorite book-to-movie film adaptaions:
Cry, the Beloved Country: To me, this is one of the most faithful adaptations to the spirit of the novel imaginable. I cried almost as hard watching the movie as I did reading the book. Because James Earl Jones and Richard Harris were so human and wonderful in their parts. That scene where they meet at the home and James Earl Jones drops everything? And the one where the rain pours into the church and they just sit and look at each other, and the sweeping shot at the end as the umfundisi prays on the hill….
Harry Potters. Because the characters all look the way I imagined them, and because we have gotten to watch the kids all grow up, and there is this nice sense of evolution and growth in the movies and the actors as well as the plot.
To Kill A Mockingbird. Of course.
I might add more later, when my brain is working better.
I am really, really hoping that the Guardians of Ga’Hoole movie this weekend rocks, because my son and I read it for his kid book group, and I promised him I would take him to the movie, and he’s soooo excited. I love going to movies with him because he gets really into it and he still holds my hand when he’s scared.
What are some of your favorite film adaptations? Let’s keep it positive. Negatives will be deleted because I am the benevolent dictator of this blog.