Adaptations: January 2019

blog-adaptations-updateHello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I watched in January:

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

At the start of the month, I had a magical trip to the cinema to see this charming sequel to the classic 1964 film; based on the books of P. L. Travers. The practical perfect nanny returns to help the now adult Michael Banks, his sister and his three children save their home from being repossessed. Probably couldn’t ever beat the original, but it has a jolly good try, with Emily Blunt doing a grand job and some wonderfully eccentric, colourful songs and dances. Great watch.

Midnight, Texas (Series 2)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

The second series of this American supernatural drama, based on the books of the same name by Charlaine Harris, which takes us back to the small, mysterious town of Midnight. Where psychic Manfred (François Arnaud) and the town’s other supernatural inhabitants must band together, when the opening of a holistic healing spa brings a new, deadly threat with it. Lots more fun to be had here, but sadly the show has been axed. Good watch.

That’s two new-to-me adaptations watched. I also enjoyed comforting re-watches of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). Which brings my grand total up to four adaptations for the whole month.

As for non-adaptations, I watched series one of Charlie Brooker’s A Touch of Cloth (2012), a spoof police procedural series starring the brilliant John Hannah and Suranne Jones. Also I caught up with the first series of Sky Atlantic’s gritty drama, Tin Star (2017) – Tim Roth was excellent in it, but all the characters were so thoroughly unlikeable that I’m not sure I’ll be tuning in for the newly released second series.

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

8 thoughts on “Adaptations: January 2019

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed the new Poppins – it’s a good indication that I’ll like it too and I’m looking forward to seeing it at some point, hopefully soon.
    Lynn 😀

  2. I’ll be watching Mary Poppins Returns when it comes out on rental. This month I’ve watched several movies–not as many as I would have liked though. I re-watched The White Queen miniseries and re-loved it. 😉 I’ll be writing a thorough review of it for next month “TV Viewing” feature. I also watched the first episode of The White Princess immediately after finishing The White Queen and the dialogues were soooo stilted that I felt that perhaps it was suffering from comparison, so I decided to let some time pass before I start over with TWP. I know you liked it less than TWQ, so perhaps it’s not me after all but it. 😉

    1. Carmen, I hope you enjoy Mary Poppins Returns when it comes out for rental. And yeah, I struggled with the portrayal of Elizabeth and her ridiculously low-cut dresses in The White Princess series – The White Queen series was far superior!

  3. It’s good to know that you liked the Mary Poppins movie. I read some negative reviews but I trust you more! In January I watched The Princess Bride, adapted by William Goldman from his own book. It was a delightful surprise. Another total winner was If Beale Street Could Talk adapted from the James Baldwin novel of the same title.

    1. Judy, I adore The Princess Bride! In fact, as a child, I wore out two videos of it! Fortunately not long after they invented DVDs, so my third copy of it is still going. 😛

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