I checked out USA Today's recent list of Ten Book-to-Movie Films for Fall. Fortunately I've already gotten a bunch of my reading done, but I do have a few to catch up on. (Reader's note: I work for the same company that publishes USA Today. Also, I would appreciate you suspending your total dismay in the cases in which I didn't know it was a book first. I know stuff, but I don't know it all.)
|Drool-worthy, even if I am old enough to be his mother.|
(Photo courtesy Millenium Entertainment)
2. Wuthering Heights. ABSOLUTELY. The is far-and-away my favorite of the Victorian novels, and the one I enjoyed best during "Victorian Novel" course in college. I can still remember thinking, "How can this be an assignment if I would read this for fun?!" Gothic in all the best ways. I'm suspicious about the casting, though, and that Brontë and Austen novels done wrong for film can go REALLY wrong (Gwynyth Paltrow as Emma, thumbs up; Mrs. Farm Geek, who happens to be my ultimate authority on all things Jane Austen, proclaims Keira Knightley as Pride & Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennet a thumbs down.)
3. Cloud Atlas. Also a new title to me, but definitely going on the to-read list immediately. Not only is it post-apocalyptic fiction, but holy cow, what a cast! Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant!
|Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina|
(photo: Laurie Sparham)
5. Breaking Dawn Part 2. From an "artistic" standpoint I have next-to-no interest in seeing this movie (I read Twilight, hated it, and haven't seen any of the movies) but my sister has invited me to go along with a big group of her friends, which is obviously going to be super fun! And any movie is better with two-dozen 30-somethings and a couple of cocktails anyway, right?
|Life of Pi, from imdb.com|
7. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Alright, there's a serious love-hate feeling here. Love it because I am a hard-core LOTR fan and we've been waiting for this movie since the last frame of The Return of the King (or maybe since I was 12). We own the LOTR director's cut box set, and a couple of times a year we watch the WHOLE THING (each of the three is about 3 1/2 to 4 hours long!). Yeah, you could find our picture next to "fantasy geek" in the dictionary. It's sure to look and sound beautiful, Ian McKellan IS the best person in the world to play Gandalf. But....... I HATE it because they've broken it up into three films. WTH? I get it, that's potentially three times as much box office, but really??!! That's kind of crappy. I don't want to have to wait 12-18 months to see the whole tale. Unexpected indeed.
8. Les Miserables. Hmm. Haven't read the book, but I have every song from the Broadway musical memorized (first Broadway-level show I ever saw - age 15, at the Schubert Theatre in Boston - took my breath away.) I, along with the rest of the Western World, was underwhelmed by the Liam Neeson / Geoffrey Rush version in the late 90s, and how those two actors could flunk this is beyond me. Take 2: Hugh Jackman as Valjean (OMG yum!), Russell Crowe as Javert (perfect.... it's like method acting without method acting), but Anne Hathaway? I'm not sure she's, well, miserable enough. Or maybe she'll make us all miserable. We'll see.
|(Photo: Gregory Smith)|
10. Jack Reacher. Way, WAY down on the to-do list; probably on the Never list. This is the first I've heard of the book (or the series, for that matter). Tom Cruise gives a good show (fictionally, AND in real life) but although I haven't really been following his breakup with Katie Holmes, I get a very creepy vibe from him. Scientology is most definitely NOT my bag, baby. Bleh.
Wonder if my fellow Around Town blogger Peter Weyl will be reviewing any of these. Not trying to steal your thunder here, Peter.... but should we compare notes?