Adaptations: May 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, it is time for an update on the adaptations I have been watching over the last month:

Hercules (2014)
Not Read     Film     Television

First I was pleased to find this fantasy adventure, based on Steve Moore’s graphic novel, finally making its terrestrial premiere on ITV2 in May. In this telling Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) is the leader of a band of legendary mercenaries, however he finds his conscience pricked when he takes a job from Lord Cotys of Thrace. So this is not a ground-breaking film, but it is fun, action packed and has a whole cast of famous faces. Okay watch.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

Then I went to the cinema to see this superhero bonanza – the third film based on the Marvel Comics’ hero team. This time the Avengers must join forces with newcomers Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy to attempt to stop Thanos from uniting the powerful infinity stones. Another visually stunning, action-packed film, with plenty of laughs, but at times I felt there was just too many characters and too much going on. Good watch.

The City and the City (2018)
Not Read     TV Series    Television

On BBC iPlayer, I binge watched this gripping, four-part science-fiction/crime noir drama, based on China Miéville’s award-winning novel, starring the brilliant David Morrissey.. Set in the fictional twin cities of Besźel and Ul Qoma, we follow Inspector Tyador Borlú as he investigates the murder of a young woman, who may have illegally ‘breached’ from one city into the other. You need your thinking-cap on for this one, but it is worth it. Great watch.

Puss in Boots (2011)
Not Read     Film     Television

One lazy afternoon, during the half term break, I tuned in to ITV2 for this family, computer-animated adventure – a spin-off film from the Shrek franchise, based on William Steig’s picture book. Which takes us back to see Puss grow-up and with his friends Humpty-Dumpty and Kitty Softpaws, take on villainous outlaws, Jack and Jill in search of the legendary magic beans. Adorable, laugh-out-loud fun. Good watch.

Deadpool 2 (2018)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

Finally, I made another trip to the cinema to see this sequel to the highly successful, mould-breaking Deadpool (2016), based on the Marvel Comics’ X-Men character. After working for two years as a mercenary, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) finds himself the unlikely protector of an angsty teenage mutant, against the time-traveling soldier Cable. What follows is another crazy, odd-ball, joke-laden blood bath. I feared they couldn’t match the first film, but I was proven very wrong! Great watch.

That’s a fabulous five new-to-me adaptations. I also had a good cry re-watching the heart-breaking and beautiful Finding Neverland (2004), which brings my total up to six adaptations watched over the month.

As for non-adaptations, I finished watching the gripping US political thriller, Homeland (Series 7) and I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Alice Roberts presenting the new six-part documentary series, Britain’s Most Historic Town; both on Channel 4.

Have you watched any of these? What did you watch in May?


8 thoughts on “Adaptations: May 2018

  1. Jessica’s Fabulous Five – I haven’t seen any of these yet but I will get round to them eventually.
    So glad you had such a good time with them.
    Lynn 😀

  2. I loved Mieville’s The City and the City. I don’t know if I can get the adaptation here in the US but I would love to watch it. If you have not read the book, I recommend it. My review:
    In May I watched the movie, In Secret, an adaptation of a novel by Emile Zola, recommended to me by Carmen. It was excellent! I also watched the movie made of John le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, also a great movie.

    1. Judy, I am pleased to hear you would recommend Mieville’s The City and the City novel, as I am tempted to check out his work, after loving this TV adaptation. I haven’t watched either In Secret or The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, but I am pleased to hear you enjoyed them both.

  3. You have great entries here! 😉 I’m dying to go to the cinema to watch Deadpool 2 and Infinity War, but I think I’ll wait, even if when I review them almost all of Earth’s population have watched them. 😉 Lately I watched Thor: Ragnarok and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, the latter based on an actor’s memoir. Both were very good. Additionally, I watched Darkest Hour this past weekend; not an adaptation, I think, but very good as well.

    1. Carmen, I hope you are able to go to the cinema to see Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War soon, and that you will enjoy them! I am glad to hear you been doing some great watching too – I loved Thor: Ragnarok and I really want to see Darkest Hour.

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