Back in 2011, Emma Donaghue’s Room was a book that I raved about. Since then, it’s been adapted into a critically-acclaimed movie, which was just nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, at the Golden Globes.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to watch this movie, as it’s not been screened here yet in the Philippines. BUT, Beth Kelly saw it a few weeks ago, and emailed me if I would be interested in posting her review of the movie on the blog. Of course, I agreed – and you can read all about it after the cut!
So, anyone following me on Twitter knows that I watched Fifty Shades of Grey when it opened here in the Philippines last Wednesday. And boy did it open. The theater was almost full and this was on a Wednesday afternoon. Office hours haven’t even ended yet. WHERE DID ALL OF THESE PEOPLE COME FROM?
Oh yes, that’s right, we got the Fifty Shades movie about three days earlier than the US of A. And one other thing – we did get an uncut version of the film, but certain scenes from the movie were blurred or had blocks put in place. Trust me when I saw it made for a really interesting movie-watching experience.
You can find my review of Fifty Shades Of Grey the book, here. As for what I thought of the movie, rather than lay it out for you all prose-y and stuff, I thought just screencapping my tweets and compiling them here would give you a much more accurate picture of what I had to go through.
The people who’ve been reading the blog for the past two years know that, with the exemption of “Beautiful Redemption“, I have been a verybigsupporter of the “Beautiful Creatures” series. I quite frankly bawled at the end of “Beautiful Chaos”.
When news of the movie adaptation came out, I was understandably excited, especially when Jack O’ Connell was first cast in the role of Ethan. Then he got replaced by Alden Ehrenreich, and I was a little bummed.
BUT THEN! Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons got cast as Sarafine and Macon, respectively, and I felt myself getting excited for the movie adaptation again. Add to that the fact that the movie had some pretty impressive trailers, and I was quite pumped to see it over the weekend.
Just like I said in the previous post, one reason that I finally started reading “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” was the fact that the movie starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson started playing here in the Philippines early last week.
Will this movie adaptation, written and directed by Chbosky himself, end up leaving me with mixed feelings, in the same way the book did? Or will I end up eating crow and find myself thoroughly charmed by this movie, in much the same way a lot of crtics seem to be?
I don’t know what happened, but I only got to read “The Hunger Games” over the weekend.
And it’s not like the “Barsoom” books either, whose existence I only discovered when shirtless Taylor Kitsch started popping up on cinema screens. I already had a copy of “The Hunger Games” even before “Catching Fire” came out, and was around for the whole hoopla around the release of “Mockingjay”.
But for some reason that eludes me until now, these three books never floated to the top of my to-be-read pile. If it weren’t for the imminent release of the film next week, the books would have probably been pushed further and further down the pile.
And now that it’s been buoyed up the pile, it has to contend with the huge buzz that preceded it. I’m not kidding when I say that I expected a lot from this book going in. Will it live up to the hype, or will I just have to cut off al the friends who insisted to me that this was a really great book?
There’s no better way to get my butt planted on a theater seat than the promise of a half-naked man. And there’s also no better way to make me gloss over any faults your movie may have by having that man half-naked for almost two hours.
So yes, John Carter could have used a little more trimming and a little more exposition. But did I come out of the moviehouse entertained? Of course I did! Who wouldn’t be entertained watching Taylor Kitsch jump stratospheric heights while wearing a skirt. That’s cinematic gold right there.
But this review isn’t just about the movie. Running a little over two hours, did “John Carter” manage to retain most of Edgar Rice Burrough’s “A Princess of Mars”? Or is it going to be a painful two hours for Barsoom purists?
If you guys have read my review of “The Woman In Black” you’ll know that I don’t scare easily when it comes to books, mostly because of a lack of imagination on my part. But that lack of imagination on my part is exactly what makes it so easy for me to be scared at the movies.
That bump…bump…bump that I just couldn’t form in my mind? Horrifyingly alive inside the cinema, and in Dolby Digital Sound too! That creepy shadow that I barely visualized in my head while I was reading? Creeping up on me on a huge ass screen!
Suffice it to say that the movie version of “The Woman In Black” scared the beejesus out of me. Of the P180 I shelled out to watch this movie, I probably only got to see about P100 worth of it. The rest of the ticket price I spent cowering behind either my bag or my hands.
But does the movie remain faithful to the book on which it’s based? Or has it deviated so far from the source material that it might as well have been called “Harry Potter and The Woman in Black”?
Last year was an unexpectedly good year for Twilight fans. Not only did “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” earn $698,491,347 in worldwide box office receipts, it was also the first one of the “Twilight” movies to actually get halfway favorable reviews from critics.
When “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” opened in theaters last year, the “Top Critics” section of review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 67 percent rating, as opposed to the 38 percent rating its predecessor, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, acquired. Reviewers praised it for being “an improved blend of romance and action fantasy”.
While financial success isn’t going to be a worry for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” – the film has already earned US$283 million worldwide on its opening weekend – the film does have a much more favorably reviewed predecessor to live up to. Will the film’s director, Academy Award winning filmmaker Bill Condon, be able to acquire the same critical success “Eclipse” enjoyed, while at the same time fulfilling fans’ expectation of faithfulness to the source material?
So last night I was at the press preview for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”, which I think everyone and their uncle knows by now is the final (FINAL!) installment of a film series that has lasted a decade and earned Warner Bros $6 billion dollars.
Much like any normal fan that grew up with the books, I was pretty excited and actually expected to be quite emotional at this event. After all, the books have been with me for almost 15 years, while the movies have been a mainstay in my movie viewing schedule for almost a decade.
I have actually been liking the movies more and more over the years, and I thought that as they were increasing in quality, the ultimate film in the octet would be the best in the lot. Maybe that was the most crucial mistake on my part.
Because I thought the movie was…well…kind of a fail not as good as I wanted it to be.
So last week, Summit Entertainment came out with its first trailer for Paul Anderson’s “The Three Musketeers IN 3D” (Emphasis mine) and it looks like a right mess. Slow motion musketeering (That is totally a legit word, shut up), Milla Jovovich’s Lady de Winter being all Alice from Resident Evil in the wrong era, and A FLYING SHIP. I mean, WAT EVEN.
If it weren’t for the fact that Orlando Bloom is in it, I wouldn’t even be mildly interested. I may watch it on October 14.
And as it turns out, it’s not the only book to movie adaptation coming out in the following months. Twelve book to movie adaptations are coming out this year, and I thought it would be fun to take a look at all of them and see which one is going to crush your book reading experience forever. Continue reading Book to movie EXTRAVAGANZA!→
I’m a twentysomething who loves reading books, whether they’re good or bad. I started out stealing books; now I review them.