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Worst film adaptations

Discussion in 'Personal' started by EmanuelShadrack, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    The new Murder on the Orient Express - it's awful
     
  2. zizzyballoon

    zizzyballoon Star commenter

    I thought that was an alternative ending?

    Penelope Cruz is a great favourite of mine so I really liked her as Pelagia and the scenery was breathtaking.
     
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  3. zizzyballoon

    zizzyballoon Star commenter

    I loved the screen adaptation of Nevil Shute's A Town Like Alice, with Peter Finch when he was young. I read the book again recently and had all the scenes from the film in my head.
     
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  4. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    @bombaysapphire - I was just about to post the same sort of thing about Stephen King novels and their film adaptations. I agree with everything you said.

    I thought The Hobbit film was AWFUL. I didn't watch it to the end. The book is wonderful. I really enjoyed the Lord of the Ring films though!
    I remember as a ten year old being absolutely appalled by the BBC adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was utter pish, with terrible casting. Lucy! Awful.
    The most recent adaptation of a much loved book (The Girl With all the Gifts) was wonderful and I was really happy that it was so faithful to the book (I later found out the author of the screen play was the author of the book, so of course it was going to be faithful) :)
    Bram Stoker's Dracula, the Francis Ford Coppola version was just terrible. Gorgeous costumes, sets and cinematography though! Thank goodness for visual artists.
     
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  5. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    The way I remember it, it was the whole point - their wasted youth being apart and all that.
     
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  6. zizzyballoon

    zizzyballoon Star commenter

    I remember it as an unhappy ending with them NOT getting back together. Then in some editions there was a happy ending tagged on after the finish as an alternative. But it was years ago that I read it and my memory is not brilliant these days.:(
     
  7. silkywave

    silkywave Lead commenter

    The latest King Arthur film directed by Guy Ritchie. So disappointing. Cast wearing designer outfits. Hardly the dark ages....How much did it cost?!
     
  8. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    The 2005 film version of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." The TV version was so much better.
     
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  9. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter


    Saw it yesterday with Mrs FW & a neighbour. We all loved it...o_O
     
  10. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Robert Harris has been unlucky with a couple of film adaptations of his books (but no doubt well remunerated): 'Fatherland' and 'Enigma' are both excellent novels, but pretty poor films.
     
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  11. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Gene Wilder's ***** Wonka was good even if they did stray from the book a little. However the Johnny Depp version was dire.
     
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  12. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I like Johnny Depp as a rule but definitely prefer Wilder as WWonka. (stupid filter)
     
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  13. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    it was quite a while ago that I read it, I must have had the tagged on ending. Nothing like the film at all though.
     
  14. letap

    letap Occasional commenter

    This includes Blade Runner..........
     
  15. letap

    letap Occasional commenter

    The horribly disappointing sanitized version of The Golden Compass and The Bonfire of the Vanities - which even Tom Hanks couldn't save.

    Good Books bad films or adaptations are easy.
    How about Bad books - fantastic movies:
    The Godfather for example.
     
  16. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    TBH, I watch so few films that it's a bit difficult for me to comment. However, having taught English for 1000 years, films of the set books could be useful, particularly for some of he challenged students. Unfortunately, the second version of 'Lod of the Flies was a joke-not hat I was laughing. The film makers had missed the point big style! 'Of Mice and Men' again caused problems. My heat goes out to the exam markers when the read for the umpteent time about the guys on the train. :rolleyes:

    'Animal Farm' was quite good except for the last scene. Yes, it made the film more positive, but it destroyed what Orwell was doing. I was the wicked witch of the west because I wouldn't show the films.
     
  17. friedgreentomatoes

    friedgreentomatoes Star commenter

    Oh, god yes - that was horrible. Only outranked by 'Simon Birch', the totally risible film version of John Irving's ' A Prayer for Owen Meany'. One of my favourite books of all time, and one of the worst films ever.
     
  18. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Now there's one. Good book and good film, Fried Green Tomatoes....
     
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  19. NoseyMatronType

    NoseyMatronType Star commenter

    David Lynch's adaptation of Dune.

    The recent version of Ballard's High Rise.

    Both movie versions of Shusaku Endo's excellent novel Silence.
     
  20. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    Strangely enough, it's an old film for me, "The Grapes of Wrath."

    In the book, Steinbeck is busily ramping up the misery and the final scene is beyond appalling.

    In the film, there's some increase of the misery but the film ending was nearly upbeat. I remember ranting at the telly, demanding my miserable ending.
     

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