Hi, friends. I’ve been pondering what series I could start that involves the copious amount of movies my boyfriend and me watch, so here goes…
The series “One Good, One Bad” will briefly review one good and one bad instance of a certain type of movie, such as books turned films, specific genres, starring the same lead actor, etc. We’ll see whether I’m hard enough on movies for this; some posts might be closer to “One Good, One Meh,” haha. Hope you like the new venture!
To Kill a Mockingbird is a fantastic novel, though that opinion seems universally accepted by now. Aside from some missing backstory with the kids and Boo Radley, the movie is faithful to the book. The filmmakers edited the story in a way that tightened its focus but didn’t change its overall impact. The film’s acting and aesthetic maintain the feeling of the novel–the characters and scenery match closely with how I imagined the novel as I read it. If you like the book, you’ll like the movie.
The Great Gatsby is also a beloved classic; it’s not a particular favorite of mine, but it’s pretty good (I’m more of a Victorian girl, despite my patriotism). The movie is basically faithful to the novel, though it unnecessarily gives Nick a new frame for when/why he’s narrating the story. The scenery is gorgeous and reflects the “Roaring 20’s” justly, but a stunning aesthetic is this film’s greatest attribute. The filmmakers turned a short but memorable novel into a long, plodding movie that’s initially confusing if you haven’t read the book. The worst blunder is the soundtrack filled with rap music that took me out of the film’s setting completely.
Thanks for reading! Do you agree or disagree? Let me know if you have suggestions on film versions of novels.