Adaptations: December & Christmas 2017

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I watched through December and the festive period:

Legend (2015)
Not Read     Film    Television

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)
Not Read     TV Series    Television

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)
Not Read     Film    Cinema

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)
Read     Film     Apple TV

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)
Read     TV Series     Television

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)
Read     TV Series     Television

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?


17 thoughts on “Adaptations: December & Christmas 2017

  1. I thought Poldark looked stunning and I will definitely be watching it at some point. I’ve moved on to the second series of The Crown which is very good.
    I also rewatched The Grinch and Big Hero 6 over Christmas – they’re both so good.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Lynn, the scenery in Poldark truly is stunning and the actors aren’t half bad to look at either 😉 And you re-watched The Grinch and Big Hero 6 too?! What is the chances of that?! Although they do say great minds think alike 😛

  2. In December I saw the movie Maudie, based on a book about the folk artist. It was wonderful! I watched Mudbound on Netflix, an adaptation that much improved on the book. I rewatched Hidden Figures on DVD; just as good as the first time I saw it in the theater last year. Husband and I got into The Crown on Netflix, not really an adaptation, but we learned much we didn’t know about how Elizabeth became Queen. The acting is great. As always, Jessica, thank you for keeping me on the radar of adaptations!

    1. Aw you are very welcome Judy 😀 Although it is me who has to confess to not having heard of Maudie or Mudbound, or having watched Hidden Figures or The Crown. I don’t have Netflix as I struggle to keep up with all the television I already have to watch… I don’t think I should add more temptation. 😛

    1. Karen, I agree The Miniaturist was filmed beautiful but I am afraid it was to slow to get going because the book was. Actually I have not seen such a faithful adaptation in years!

    1. FF, the lovely Dan makes a wonderful beast, although of course there is a lot of CGI going on! Also when he is a man he is a great match for how the original character from the animated film looked. 😀

  3. The only one of your adaptations I’ve watched is Beauty and The Beast (2017); for me it was among the best movies I watched last year. I haven’t seen the Little Women adaptation you mention, but I saw the 1994 movie starring Claire Danes, Winona Rider, and Susan Sarandon, and I loved it. I have seasons 2 and 3 of Poldark on my queue to watch this year, but I’ll have to start from the beginning to re-capture the magic of the series.

    1. Carmen, I am so pleased to hear you loved the amazing Beauty and the Beast too! As I said above, while I really enjoyed the new TV dramatization of Little Women it has not supplanted the 1994 film for me. Also I hope you will enjoy re-watching series 1 and then catching up with series 2 and 3 of Poldark. Hopefully you get the old magic back and more. 🙂

    1. Hello Dee, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Always lovely to hear from a new face 🙂 I am really pleased to hear you enjoyed the new Beauty and the Beast film too. It is based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s version of the very old fairy tale: just a short bedtime story for children. I remember it fondly from a big book of bedtimes stories I had as a child. 😀

      1. I myself am fond of books and movies that is why I love reading blog posts about them. Wow! I would love to see and read that book as well 🙂 Sadly, we do not have it here in the Philippines.

    1. Hello Ola, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Always lovely to hear from a new face 🙂 I hope you will enjoy reading Little Women and then watching the new TV drama. 😀

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