Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #361: Worst Book to Movie Adaptations

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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Worst Book to Movie Adaptations [Suggested by ThePunkTheory]


Today's theme is a suggestion from ThePunkTheory. There are quite a number of movies that are based on books that are bad but I'm making this more challenging and only picking movies adapted from books I've read, so my choices are a little limited.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
A man stays ageless as a portrait of him grows older and uglier. I love the book and really really dislike this adaptation. The actor playing Dorian Gray was terrible; he was so wooden and expressionless. I also thought Angela Lansbury way miscast as Sibyl Vane. Even in her youth, Lansbury has a sort of maturity and old soul look to her which did not really fit Vane whom I thought was suppose to be really young, sweet and naive.
The Lovely Bones (2009)
A murdered young girl watches the people she leaves behind from an afterlife. I had read this book around the time it was first published. It had been hugely popular and I had liked the book too so I was really looking forward to the movie. Well what a disappointment. If I'm remembering correctly, the story in the book is told from the perspective of dead girl while she is in some kind of that there is going to be difficult to adapt...heaven had the potential to be real cheesy on screen. Anyway I don't think the movie did "heaven" too well. I thought it would have been better if they took out all the scenes that showed the girl in heaven from the movie and just let her do the voice over narration of her flash backs and observations on the current state of her family.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
When her mother disappears, a teenage girl learns that she is descended from warriors who protect the world from demons. I read the book before seeing the movie. Not a fan at all. The movie was not any better. And Jamie Campbell Bower being miscast as Jace didn't help; he had looked a little too gaunt for the role.

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  1. We match on The Lovely Bones! I really wish a different director had tackled that movie. The cast was great, the movie was not.

  2. I actually enjoyed this adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

  3. I love this version of Dorian Gray and thought Hurd Hatfield was good int the role because of the type of person he was playing so that woodenness worked. Angela seemed to portray this young girl very well and love George Sanders. I also liked The Lovely Bones but I didn't read the book which might work in the movies favour. I don't know the last pic

  4. I haven't seen this Dorian Gray adaptation yet, only the newer one with Ben Barnes - which was also rather disappointing.


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