Watch this, read that: Hollywood Adaptation Edition

I’m going to admit something right here and now – one of my favourite guilty pleasures is going to a double feature. That’s right — going to a movie theatre and sitting through two full flicks in a row. If I’m feeling extra indulgent, I’ll throw in a box of Junior Mints and a Diet Coke.

I don’t do it very often. And I prefer to do it on a rainy Sunday. But despite the sunny weather, this weekend is shaping up to warrant a double feature afternoon since two of my recent fiction faves have been adapted to film and are playing in theatres now.

There’s the Help, of course, which I’m sure everyone has heard of. The book, by Kathryn Stockett, centers around three women in the American South during the civil rights movement. The movie adaptation has garnered fairly good reviews, with a healthy freshness rating of 74% on Rottentomatoes.com.

 

 

 

One Day, by David Nichols, is arguably a better book than the Help, but the movie version is getting much poorer reviews – it’s only 28% fresh on the “Tomatometer.” The book follows the evolution of a friendship between main characters Dex and Emma by offering chapter snapshots of their lives on one day a year over a twenty year time span. I LOVED this book. And that is why I’m going to see the movie this weekend, despite the disappointing reviews, and the fact that it stars Anne Hathaway as Emma — a bad casting call, in my opinion. (I’ll note, however, that at least the film was decently-reviewed by two of my favourite critics – Roger Ebert and A.O. Scott of the New York Times. So it can’t be too terrible, right?)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on both these books and their movie adaptations… did their film versions live up to their print ones? Was the casting right?  Why did you go see one over the other? And what are your favourite movie treats? (I’m torn between Junior Mints, Dots, and popcorn).

One comment

  1. Wrong. One Day was terrible. Please read the book, though. It is delightful and fantastically romantic. David Nichols (the author) is sort of a cross between Nick Hornby and Curtis Sittenfeld. Read it!

    It’s too bad, considering the same director of the film version of One Day, Lone Scherfig, was responsible for one of last years best films, An Education (ha! screenwritten by Nick Hornby!)

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