Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I watched through December and the festive period:
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A stylish crime thriller film written and directed by Brian Helgeland, and adapted from John Pearson’s book The Profession of Violence; which follows the rise and fall of the infamous Kray twins in the criminal underworld of 1960’s London. It is worth a watch even just to see the brilliant performances of Tom Hardy as both Reggie and Ron Kray. Good watch.
Poldark (Series 3)
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This gorgeous period drama, based on the books by Winston Graham, returned to the BBC for its 3rd series back in June 2017. We re-join Captain Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) and his family and foes, as the pressure of war and revolution presses down upon them. All of which was again brought to life by a strong ensemble cast, with stunning Cornish scenery and beautiful costumes. Good watch.
Justice League (2017)
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The fifth film in the DC Extended Universe, directed by Zack Snyder, brings together comic book heroes Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. Who join forces, in the memory of Superman, to save the Earth from Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. While this is another entertaining, CGI spectacular it isn’t as great as the solo outing of Wonder Woman from earlier in the year. Good watch.
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. Great watch.
Little Women (2017)
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Starting on Boxing Day the BBC aired this delightful, new three-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s much loved, coming of age tale of the four March sisters. This beautiful production was brought to life by a cast of new, young faces and held together by the strong performance of Emily Watson as ‘Marmee’. A perfect watch for over the holidays, but it hasn’t quite supplanted the 1994 film for me. Good watch.
The Miniaturist (2017)
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Also starting as part of the BBC’s Boxing Day programme of delights was this gorgeous new, two-part adaptation of Jessie Burton’s bestselling, debut novel; which takes us back to 1680’s Amsterdam, where me meet young Nella Oortman, her doll’s house and the web of dangers she finds herself within. All of which was recreated beautifully and faithfully in this production by a strong cast, authentic settings and sumptuous costumes. Great watch.
That’s another very impressive six new-to-me adaptations! Over the festive period I also enjoyed re-watches of the classic Ben-Hur (1959), the hilarious The Grinch (2000) and family favourite Big Hero 6 (2014). Bringing my total up to nine adaptations altogether.
As for non-adaptations, I tuned in each week to watch David Attenborough’s stunning and ground-breaking new documentary Blue Planet II. While over the holiday, I watched Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) with my brother and I went to the cinema to see the amazing Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
During these cold, dark months, I really do find myself wanting to curl up to watch more television, and knowing this I think the TV channels save some of the best shows and films for this time of year.
Have you watched any of these? What did you watch in December and over the holidays?