Adaptations: November 2017

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I have been watching over the last month:

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

The third superhero film based on Marvel Comics’ character Thor, created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, and I think the best! This is an adventure extravaganza, that sees Asgard itself threatened by Hela, the goddess of death, against whom Thor, the Hulk and Loki must band together against. As well as the amazing action and hilarious chemistry, I also loved the super-cool retro 80’s styling and music. Great watch.

Electric Dreams (Episodes 1-6)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Channel 4’s new science fiction anthology series based on the short stories of Philip K Dick has been much talked about; with each stand alone episode boasting some big stars and intriguing premises. I particularly enjoyed The Hood Maker, The Commuter, Real Life and Human Is, but I was a little disappointed with Crazy Diamond. So a slightly mixed bag, however I look forward to the next four episodes which are coming next year. Good watch.

Inspector George Gently (Series 8)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

I had to wait an inordinately long time from the first episode in May, to watch the final episode of this much-loved BBC crime drama, and what a finale it was! After tackling a case of wrongful conviction, Gently delves deeper into the corruption in the police force, which leads to a gut wrenching conclusion. Another wonderfully nostalgic series but with a grittier edge than before, which altogether made for a fitting, if very emotional, goodbye. Great watch.

Outcast (Series 2)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Earlier this year, the second series of this American supernatural horror, based on the comics by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, premiered here in the UK. Kyle Barnes and Reverend Anderson continue to face the deeply rooted demonic presence in their small hometown. While Patrick Fugit and Philip Glenister gave two more strong performances, I still can’t watch this on my own! Good watch.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Not Read     Film     Netflix

The highly anticipated sequel to the 2014 blockbuster based on Marvel Comics’ characters created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. We re-join Quill and his gang of extra-terrestrial misfits, as he meets his father and has another hilariously catastrophic adventure across space. Although I didn’t love this as much as the first, it is still a brilliant romp, with amazing special effects and a cool soundtrack. Great watch.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
Not Read     Film     Netflix

This epic fantasy offering, inspired by Arthurian Legend, from director Guy Ritchie was not very well received when released earlier this year, but I still wanted to give it a go. Ritchie’s reboot is a fantastical visual delight with a star-studded cast, however the concept of Arthur being raised by prostitutes on the streets of Londonia into a ‘weezer geezer’, while sometimes funny, generally just didn’t work for me. Okay watch.

Altogether that’s an amazing six new-to-me adaptations! Also when I could, I have loved re-watching the odd episode of the BBC’s wonderful Merlin series, which is being reshown on the Syfy channel.

As for non-adaptations, I watched the BBC’s gripping and bloody Gunpowder (2017). A three-part drama starring Kit Harington as his ancestor Robert Catesby, who was an instigator in the shocking plot to blow up parliament. So all in all a great month of viewing.

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?


10 thoughts on “Adaptations: November 2017

  1. I was not crazy about the King Arthur movie but husband liked it. My favorite adaptation this week was Lady Macbeth, adapted from a Russian novel and suggested to me by Carmen’s review. If I had TV I would watch the PK Dick adaptation series.

  2. I’m waiting for Thor: Ragnarok to be released for rental. Electric Dreams sounds intriguing; I would love to watch it. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 was a letdown for me; they forced many comedic situations with body parts jokes, which cheapened the value of the production in my opinion, particularly considering how good and fun Vol. 1 was.

    I’ve been watching Season 3 of Outlander. I will give it a go in full this coming week as I think the final episode is airing tonight. I also watched this week the BBC miniseries Restless, a spy drama based on the novel by William Boyd.

    1. Carmen, I hope you are able to watch Thor: Ragnarok soon and that you have the chance to check out Electric Dreams as well. Hopefully you enjoy them more that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

      I haven’t had the chance to see Outlander yet, but I have the first series recorded and I am really looking forward to starting it 🙂

  3. The George Gently TV series is very, very loosely based on the books by Alan Hunter. The books are short, straight forward police procedural crime mysteries set in Norfolk. The TV series on the other hand, appears to have a robust life of it’s own set in the NE.

    1. Yes Spade & Dagger, I have heard that the TV series differs considerably from Alan Hunter’s novels, however having not read the books myself I can only comment on my enjoyment of the TV show.

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