I have to agree with Action Avenue, the novel Jaws is pretty weak sauce. There's just no build to it. Hooper's affair with Brody's wife is laughable, as is the subplot of the mayor wanting to keep the beaches open because he needs the money to pay his mob debts. And in the end, the shark just sinks because they finally injured it enough. Really unsatisfying.
Although most people have seen the Disney movie Bambi, just out of curiosity I went back to read the original Bambi by Felix Salten, it's author. The book is very good, but to my surprise it has a lot of death in the book (of the animals) for a children's book. The ending has a very strong twist though, which is actually represented by the fire in the Disney film, and it actually works quite well. Both the book and the film are very well done.
The screenplay for the book the Last Unicorn is also excellent and that's because the author who wrote the screenplay for the animated film also wrote the book: Peter Benchley.
I read Ian Fleming's James Bond novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service after I saw the movie. I liked both book and the movie and both are very much almost the same. It is an excellent adaption by director Peter Hunt, and the movie goes into my top 5 list of James Bond movies.
Looking at the graphic Novel: I thought Zack Snyder's adaption of the Watchmen was very intriguing for me. There were times that I wasn't sure about the film in its showy beginnings, but halfway through the movie I really became hooked on it. In the end I thought it was a really good adaption, and thought that it's angry author, Alan Moore, probably should've checked it out anyway.
So I guess I'm the village idiot for saying what should go without saying : 2001 a space odissey.
Also Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky) is one of the best movie of all time, so altough I haven't read the book I guess I'm not taking a huge risk by putting it there.
I would really like to try out the old version of Solaris..
I loved the book Fight Club, but I personally felt that the movie was better.. and I believe so did Chuck Palahniuk the author. And none of his other books have ever done as well as Fight Club, as a book, OR as a movie.. so I think that's a great example of better movie than book...
Personally, I feel it is because of A) the personality that the actors injected into the characters, and B) the rewriting of certain key pieces of dialogue and their redistribution to different characters... that became some of the best moments in the movie.
Another good example is The Mist by Stephen King. Originally a Novella, I LOVE the movie by Frank Darabont. The two versions are very similar except for a DRASTIC difference in the ending... I read that Stephen King actually went on record to say he liked the movie ending better and had wished he had thought of it first.
Which completely trashes the movie. It's a great movie up to the ending, which is absurd and contrary to what we know of the characters up to that point. King didn't really have an ending, and that worked much better.Quote:
Another good example is The Mist by Stephen King. Originally a Novella, I LOVE the movie by Frank Darabont. The two versions are very similar except for a DRASTIC difference in the ending...
I suspect it's also why the movie was a box office flop, when it could have been a money-maker if they'd cut the last two minutes. I loved it up to that point, but can't recommend it to anyone purely because of the ending.
He was hardly going to say 'this movie sucks, don't watch it'.Quote:
I read that Stephen King actually went on record to say he liked the movie ending better and had wished he had thought of it first.
You think so? I'm not sure on his feelings of his movies that weren't done by Darabont so I can't be sure if he just always supports his book-to-film translations.... But I do see what you're saying... and more people hate that movie than like it so you're not in the minority..
well.. agree to disagree hahah
The worst that usually happens is they ask to have their name removed from the credits, and you can't really do that with a Stephen King movie, since everyone knows it's a Stephen King story.
Years later, when the movie has been out, made its money and been demolished by critics, sure, but not when it's first released.
I'm excited for Ender's Game but not expecting much. I haven't seen the trailer, but I'm really hoping it delivers something beyond just "entertaining"... obviously it would be awesome if it was moving, and thought provoking and impressive just like the book!