This is part two of my Books and Films feature, I’ll be sharing with you the film adaptations that just don’t hit the spot. Everyone knows of films that just don’t compare to the book, that you actually end up really disliking because the director crucified such a brilliant novel. Here are my picks of the worst film adaptations!
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
This isn’t a bad film, it’s just SO different from the books. In fact, it’s like all of the books squashed into 104 minutes. I ADORE the books (a new one has just been released!) so I was really excited when the film was announced. The film is good, but not as an adaptation of a book. They’ve turned Becky, a very British girl, into a ditzy American! Quite a big change from Sophie Kinsella’s plot.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
In my previous post Pride and Prejudice was listed as one of my favourite film adaptations. But that was the BBC Colin Firth adaptation. The Keira Knightly version, in my opinion, is pretty rubbish. Firth is Darcy, he’s been quoted as saying, “I’m fully aware,” Firth told a reporter for the English magazine Now, “that if I were to change professions tomorrow, become an astronaut and be the first man to land on Mars, the headlines in the newspapers would read: ‘Mr Darcy lands on Mars.” And that pretty much sums it up.
I’m not so shortsighted as to dislike a film purely because I don’t agree with the choice of Darcy, the rest of the cast are also a disappointment. The mother was missing something, she was not the embarrassing character depicted by Austen. In my opinion Keira Knightly was a poor Elizabeth. I didn’t like the cast of this film adaptation, and I really didn’t like the film.
I actually found it more difficult than I expected to find bad film adaptations! Lots of the films that I thought of weren’t adaptations, they were just bad! What film adaptations do you think miss the mark? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!