My Top 10 Adaptations of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, it is time to reflect back on another great year of adapted films, TV shows and plays for me, with a round-up post of my favourite new-to-me adaptations. After a long, hard think here are my top ten adaptations (ordered alphabetically) I have watched this year:

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Beauty and the Beast (2017)
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Sadly I didn’t get to see this live-action version of Disney’s 1991 animated film, based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale, at the cinema but I still loved it on the small screen. A sumptuous and magical adventure brought to life beautifully by Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston) and a star-studded cast of voices too.

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
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The highly anticipated sequel to the noir-science fiction Blade Runner (1982), which continues the story of Philip K. Dick’s original characters. KD6-3.7 (Ryan Gosling) is an obedient replicant whose loyalty is tested when his investigations take a personal turn and he meets Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). A visually stunning film that compliments and extends the original.

~ 3 ~

Endeavour (Series 4)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

This year saw ITV air the 4th series of this nostalgic crime drama based on Colin Dexter’s characters and prequel to the Inspector Morse series. In 1960’s Oxford, we re-join young detective constable Endeavour Morse, as he throws himself into three new investigations and one cold case in the hopes of forgetting his broken heart. Another gloriously atmospheric watch.

~ 4 ~

Game of Thrones (Series 7)
Not Read (Yet!)     TV Series     Television

This year the 7th series of this epic fantasy drama, based on George R R Martin’s books, was the most ambition, so far! With the political intrigue, family rivalry and the bloody fight for the Iron Throne of previous series paling into insignificance now Winter has come and Death is on the march. How can I possible wait a year (maybe longer) for the final outcome?!

~ 5 ~

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

It felt like an inordinately long wait for the finale of this much-loved crime drama, inspired by Alan Hunter’s novels, this year, but what a finale it was! After tackling a case of wrongful conviction, Gently delves deeper into police corruption, which leads to a gut wrenching conclusion. A wonderfully nostalgic series with a grittier edge than before, which made for a fitting end.

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Logan (2017)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

The long-awaited and final instalment in the Wolverine thread of the highly popular X-Men film franchise; based on the Marvel characters. After an apocalyptic style event, Logan is left with little to live for until he meets a young girl like him. A bloody, gritty and realistic film which is a serious and refreshing change from the regular comic book films.

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Risen (2016)
Read     Film     Television

Biblical drama which follows Clavius, a Roman Tribune (Joseph Fiennes) as he hunts for the body of Yeshua, a crucified Jewish teacher, to quell dangerous rumours that he has risen from the dead. Along the way he is to face trials, failures and startling truths. A powerful and refreshing take on the story of Jesus Christ, his disciples and the Resurrection.

~ 8 ~

Sherlock (Series 4)
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This year saw the BBC air the long-awaited 4th series of this amazing, modern twist on the Sherlock Holmes works of Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) return for three more thrilling and deadly mysteries, that are going to shake their worlds to the very core. I think this is perhaps the best series of them all!

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

The 3rd superhero film based on Marvel’s character Thor 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.

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Wonder Woman (2017)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

The 4th film in the DC Extended Universe, which focuses on the Amazonian princess Diana who, believing it is her destiny, sets out to end World War I and in doing so becomes Wonder Woman. This is a CGI spectacular however what really makes it is Gal Gadot: she is perfect as the sensitive almost naïve Diana as well as the super, kick-ass Wonder Woman! You go girl!

With so many great adaptations watched this year honorary mentions must also go to films: Persuasion (1995),  Testament of Youth (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and The Monuments Men (2014); TV series: The Handmaid’s Tale (2017), Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling & The Silkworm (2017), Vikings (Series 4 – Part 1), SS-GB (2017), The Last Kingdom (Series 2) and The Miniaturist (2017); and local stage production: Frankenstein (2017).

Have you watched any of these? What were your favourite adaptations you watched in 2017?

Finally, my reflection on the year will be completed on New Year’s day, when I will share some statistics and round-up my reading.


9 thoughts on “My Top 10 Adaptations of 2017

  1. This was indeed a good year for adaptations. I saw Wonder Woman in the theater and will see it again with my husband on DVD. I loved it! He worked on mixing some of the music for The Beauty and the Beast ride coming soon at Tokyo Disney. I feel like I know all the songs because he often works from home-:)

  2. We are behind on both Endeavour and George Gently, but we love both of those shows.

    The bad thing about me not keeping good track of what I read/watched this year is that I forgot about shows like Sherlock. Season 4 would definitely have been on my list had I remembered watching it. Such a great show.

    I want to see Risen, but I’m waiting at this point because it is the movie we are watching around Easter for our adults only get together at church. We started doing these last year and do them about once per quarter, and I’d like to just wait and watch it there for the first time. Our last movie was The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, which I enjoyed.

    1. Carl, I hope you have a chance to catch up with Endeavour, Sherlock and Inspector George Gently soon! Especially the latter which came to a gut wrenching but fitting end. An adults only get together at church sounds like a great idea – I hope you will all enjoy Risen. As part of a course I did at church a year or so ago now, we got to have a film night every term which I really loved. Together we watched The Help and The Shawshank Redemption. 🙂

  3. You have another great year of adaptations under your belt! 🙂

    There were so many books adaptations to movies this year, yet so few that were really good to great. I totally I agree with you on Beauty and the Beast, Game of Thrones, and Wonder Woman. I have yet to see Thor: Ragnarok and Blade Runner: 2049. I have in my TV queue The Handmaid’s Tale, and the four seasons of Sherlock, minus The Abominable Bride because I read reviews that that’s the weakest installment of them all. I wasn’t crazy about Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2; I thought the jokes were juvenile, particularly compared to what crazy fun the first installment was.

    1. Thank you Carmen 😀 I am really pleased to hear you loved Beauty and the Beast, Game of Thrones and Wonder Woman this year too and I hope you will enjoy Thor: Ragnarok and Blade Runner 2049. Although I think, correct me if I’m wrong, that you said you didn’t like the original Blade Runner? In which case I’m not holding my breath that you’re going to be a fan of the sequel, but hey you never know?! I still really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2 but not as much as the first film, hence why vol. 1 made it on to my Top 10 when it came out but vol. 2 has not this year.

      As for TV I look forward to hearing what you think of The Handmaid’s Tale as I thought it was very powerful and I hope you enjoy starting the Sherlock series. However I do recommend watching The Abominable Bride: 1) because you will miss a substantial section of the character arcs and 2) because I don’t think it was a weaker instalment. In fact The Abominable Bride actually made it on to my Top 10 list last year. I will admit though it does take more brain power to keep up with… still great though! 😛

      1. You are right about the original Blade Runner. I rated it just three stars; it wasn’t my cup of tea, but you never know, I may like the sequel. I heard one movie critic yesterday saying that it is among the top five movies of the year, so I may agree, who knows? If you recommend The Abominable Bride then I’ll watch it.

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