Thursday, 8 March 2012

Book Turned Movie {3} - Bel Ami, John Carter, The Raven, Trishna, In Darkness, We Bought a Zoo, The Hunger Games & The Pirates!

March sees the releases of quite a few movies based on books. Here are my favourites:

Releasing March 9th...  
Bel Ami is the film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's French novel Bel Ami. If you are a Twilight fan, this is the cad side of Robert Pattinson. You guessed it. Where there are cads, there are also sex scenes so this film is a Certificate 15 - slightly older than the Twilight movie market.

"A chronicle of a young man's rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city's most influential and wealthy women." (IMDb)

John Carter is Disney's film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars collection. In case you never heard of him, he's the guy who wrote Tarzan. Definitely worth a look if you're a book lover.

"Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, who is in desperate need of a savior." (IMDb)

The Raven uses the life and work of American poet, writer, editor and critic Edgar Allan Poe as inspiration. Poe is considered to be the inventor of detective fiction as a genre and was one of the earliest writers to use short stories in America. The film tells the story of a Poe in love who has a psychopath copycat using the macabre stories in his detective novels as an inspiration for his gruesome crimes. Very interesting. Not to mention the amazing posters!

"A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories." (IMDb)

Trishna is the adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles and it sounds ultra fascinating and heart breaking. Out of all the movies I think this is the one I will definitely go and see. However is only available in key cities so I might have to go to London for this one.

The love story in between a young wealthy British businessman who, upon arriving in India to run his father's business, falls in love with an Indian villager - Trishna. She, in turn, is torn in between her love for him, the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her new found education has given her.

Releasing March 16th...
In Darkness is the Polish Oscar nominated film adaptation of Robert Marshall's In the Sewers of Lvov and it tells the true story of a sewer maintenance man who uses his knowledge of the sewers to hide a group of Jews during the Holocaust. Gripping and heart breaking. There is also The Girl In The Green Sweater: A Life In Holocaust's Shadow - the memoir of Krystyna Chiger, the only living survivor of the group, which is not connected to this film, but is connected to the story.

We Bought a Zoo is based on the memoirs of Benjamin Mee. Heart warming and sweet. Aw!

"Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo." (IMDb)

Releasing on March 23th...
Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games has been branded the next Harry Potter. So the series needs no introduction, but if you must you can read the complete guide here.

Releasing on March 28th...
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is the only family film being released this month. It's based on the first of two books in The Pirates! series by British author Gideon Defoe. Funny and from the same producers of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit, this movie does sound promising; if not ever so slightly silly. But hey, kids love silly.

"Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London." (IMDb)

Have you read any of these books? Do you think the movies look as good as the original novels? Get involved commenting and make a blogger happy. ^_^

1 comment:

  1. Haha, I love the look of The Pirates! The book was bonkers. And, of course, SO EXCITED ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES!!! :D


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