Adaptations: November 2014


I absolutely love adaptations. I know this can sometimes be a controversial subject with book lovers but not for me. I think my real love of them came from my time studying performance at university. There I became fascinated with taking a story and telling it through a different medium; whether that be book, film, TV, or on the stage.

Hello fellow bookworms. As these adaptation update posts seemed to go down well I’ve continued them in 2014. Here are the adaptations I watched during November:

Captain Phillips (2013)          Not Read          Film          Television
A heart-racing thriller based on a true life account; recounted in A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips (with help from Stephan Talty). The amazing Tom Hanks takes the title role of Captain Richard Phillips who is willing to sacrifice himself when he finds his ship and crew under attack from Somali pirates. Great performances from the whole cast and an all round beautifully made film. Great watch.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)          Not Read          Film          Cinema
An action packed sci-fi, comedy adventure based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise; which has included a line of toys, comics, games, TV series and films. This new film is a reboot of the original films series. I’ve watched previous films but my fondest memories are for the 1987 cartoon TV series that I watched as a child. This reboot isn’t ground breaking story wise but it has great special effects and is very, very funny. Good watch.

Thumbelina (1994)          Read          Film          DVD
An animated adventure based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale Thumbelina. I was after a DVD copy of Anastasia (1997) an animated film I have fond memories of from childhood. Then I saw a multi-pack DVD of this, Anastasia (1997), and Troll in Central Park (1994) which was dirt cheap so I picked it up. I was bugged all the way through by Thumbelina’s voice. Turns out its Jodi Benson who also voiced Ariel in Disney’s wonderful The Little Mermaid (1989). This is a sweet film with some nice songs but not as good as The Little Mermaid. Okay watch.

A mixed month for adaptations; in genre and quality this month but I was amused by them all. I am currently watching a couple of TV adaptations and I am looking forward to Christmas which is always a bumper time for adaptations on the television. So shouldn’t be long till I have another update for you.

What have you been watching?