Adaptations: December & Christmas 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I watched in December, in particular during my time off over the Christmas and New Year holiday:

Dick Whittington (2018)
Read     Pantomime     Theatre

We were so lucky to take our whole school to the ever popular, yearly pantomime at our local theatre. This year, they were performing the panto version of the folklore tale of Dick Whittington and His Cat, who goes to London to seek his fortune. Starring local favourites, Sam Rabone and Ben Thornton, and CBeebies star, Katrina Bryan. All in all, it was a good bit of old-fashioned fun, which was enjoyed by all. Good watch.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
Not Read     Film     Television

With a free month of Sky films, our first watch had to be this: the third and final instalment in the dystopian Maze Runner film series, based on the books by James Dashner. The remaining “Gladers”, Thomas, Newt, and Frypan, make a risky deal with a shady rebellion leader to rescue the final “Immunes” and take down WCKD for good. An action-packed thriller, but it was a tad on the long, convoluted side. Good watch.

Twelfth Night (1996)
Not Read     Film     Television

By chance, in the holidays, I caught this British film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play being shown on the BBC. A star-studded cast brought to life the tale of young Viola, who takes on the appearance of her lost twin Sebastian to join the court of Duke Orsino. Only for Sebastian to re-appear and a riotous, mistaken identity farce ensures with their prospective lovers. An unexpected, little gem. Good watch.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
Not Read     Film     Television

On Christmas Eve, my brother and I had a film bonanza. First watching this up-to-date sequel to the fantasy adventure Jumanji (1995), which was based on Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book. The Jumanji board game has transformed into a video game cartridge to suck in four more unwitting teenagers. A funny, mad-cap adventure follows as they try to escape this deadly game. Much better than I expected. Good watch.

Ready Player One (2018)
Not Read     Film     Television

Next we watched this recent film of Ernest Cline’s 2011 dystopian novel. In 2045, orphaned teenager Wade Watts joins several allies to try to find the ultimate Easter egg, which promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, a worldwide virtual reality game, before the corporate monster IOI does. A fast-paced, visually stunning film with some great nostalgic, popular cultural references, but I just expected a little more from Spielberg. Good watch.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Not Read     Film     Television

Finally, we watched this recent sequel to the bloody, spy caper Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), which was based on the comic book series created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. The Kingsman are forced to team up with their American counterparts, Statesman, to take down the deranged Poppy Adams and her drug cartel, “The Golden Circle”. More super slick fun, but lacked some of the surprise/spark the first film had. Good watch.

That’s a fantastic six new-to-me adaptations watched. If that wasn’t good enough, I also re-watched the wonderfully comforting Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001); Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002); The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); Mrs Doubtfire (1993), which I have only just discovered was based on a novel by Anne Fine; Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Cinderella (2015). Which brings my grand total up to a whopping thirteen adaptations watched over the month!

As for non-adaptations, I finished watching American anthology drama, Trust (2018), that dramatizes the abduction of John Paul Getty III, the heir to the vast Getty Oil fortune in 1973. Also I watched the short, brutal, chilling and apparently final series of psychological thriller, Fortitude (Series 3).

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



10 thoughts on “Adaptations: December & Christmas 2018

  1. I’ve watched a couple of these and enjoyed them and this is a timely reminder that I wanted to watch Jumanji – although I confess I have a soft spot for the original which will make it difficult to beat.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Lynn, I wouldn’t worry about watching the new Jumanji film – I too went into watching it with trepidation as I have a soft spot for the original, but it is refreshingly different and much better than I thought it would be. 😀

  2. I liked Jumanji: WTTJ (2017) a great deal. Ready Player One, not so much; I, too, expected more from Spielberg. It is visually stunning but imo it lacks substance and it’s a little too convoluted for my taste. I reviewed it earlier in the year. I own the first Kingsman movie since it came out but I haven’t watched it–odd, I know. I haven’t seen any of the Maze Runner movies. I have seen (and liked) all your runner ups, especially Beauty and the Beast (2017). I loved, loved, loved Cinderella (2015) with its stellar cast led by the dashing Richard Madden and Lilly James.

    1. Carmen, I am pleased you enjoyed the new Jumanji and it is good to hear I am not the only one who expected a bit more from Ready Player One. However there aren’t any runners-up in this post! I think you’re getting confused with my Top Ten post 😉 Here the mini-reviews are for my new watches and underneath I have listed the films I re-watched; the majority of which I have done mini-reviews for in previous monthly posts.

  3. I thought Ready Player One was great! Yesterday I saw If Beale Street Could Talk, movie adaptation of the James Baldwin novel. It was stunning!

  4. I’ll admit I began the Jumanji film with some reservations, feeling the original was in a class of its own. I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it. Much like the new Death Wish with Bruce Willis (I love the Charles Bronson series of films), it didn’t try to remake the original, but instead took the general plot, added a few twists, and made it a new story.

    1. Kelly, I felt exactly the same as you about the new Jumanji film! But they didn’t try to remake the original and instead put a fresh, fun spin on the idea, which I really enjoyed. Apparently, they are planning to make another one.

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