From the Page to the Screen – Heidi

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From the Page to the Screen – Heidi

Heidi is an 1881 Swiss children’s novel written by Johanna Spyri. It still endures its classic status as one of the best children’s books ever written and deservedly so as it is such a lovable, charming read. The film could just never compare.

 

THE FILM ADAPTATION

The film adaptation starring Shirley Temple was released in 1937 and was a solid hit with critics and audiences. It still has good reviews, but I personally really did not like it and I was tremendously disappointed as it took too many liberties adapting this story.

 

PLOT

The film transports the story to the house and the majority of the movie does not even revolve on the Alps. Needless to say, I was appalled at that decision not only because that changed the story, but also because that way they entirely missed the point of the novel which is to show the health benefits of living in the country.

WINNER – BOOK

 

CHARACTERIZATION

Clara is actually better developed here than in the book and of course Shirley Temple is so endearing in the main role and I loved her. But Detie is ridiculously portrayed as a villain and Fraulein Rottenmeier actually became a full-on cartoon villain here which was ludicrous to witness.

WINNER – BOOK

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EMOTION

There are some heartwarming scenes here, but because the point is missed and everything is rushed, the novel was much more emotional. There are so many beautiful moments to be found in the novel.

WINNER – BOOK

 

THEMES

Of course the novel gets this one without any argument. As I said above, they entirely missed the point and the message of the book which is to showcase how living in the country is healthier than living in the city. The relationship between grandfather and Heidi is strong in the movie, but the friendship angle is much stronger in the book.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

The film is well made, mostly well acted and solidly directed, but because it is in black-and-white and not in the country, it is dull looking whereas the book depicts the colorful country life with beautiful descriptions from Johanna Spyri.

WINNER – BOOK

 

BOOK 5: FILM 0

I did not hate this movie, I just found it bland and only passable. They never captured the magic and the childlike wonder and friendship depicted in the novel and because so many wrong choices were made here, the clear victor this time around is the book winning in a clear slate. You are much better off with the wonderful anime series adaptation which is just as strong as the book is.

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From the Page to the Screen – The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath Review

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From the Page to the Screen – The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath is a 1939 realist novel written by John Steinbeck. It is regularly cited as one of the greatest novels of the 20st century and for many great reasons – it is a powerful book that is an important reminder of how tough life was for Americans during the 30s. It is an essential, emotionally resonant and terrific read.

 

THE FILM ADAPTATION

The Oscar-nominated film was released in 1940 and directed by John Ford. It received rave reviews and is now regarded as one of the best films of all time. I personally was hugely disappointed with the movie as it is an overly simplified adaptation of a much more complex and profound book.

 

PLOT

As I said above, the film is overly simplified in terms of storytelling. It doesn’t have enough strong plot points and although the ending is moving, it is nowhere near as powerful as the novel’s ending. I found the film rushed and it should have had a much longer runtime.

WINNER – BOOK

 

CHARACTERIZATION

Henry Fonda and especially Jane Darwell gave such superb performances in their roles. However, the characterization itself is pretty weak which is such a shame as the characters in the source material are so vivid, so real and so complex and superbly developed. The film counterparts are shallow versions of those.

WINNER – BOOK

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The Grapes of Wrath Movie Review

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EMOTION

The film has its moving moments, but again those are few and far in between. The book, on the other hand, is incredibly devastating and heartbreaking with a bunch of amazing, simply unforgettable scenes of suffering and strong family ties.

WINNER – BOOK

 

THEMES

Family, deceit, religion and especially the role of the mother in a family are some of the many themes beautifully explored in the book. It is such a powerful, sophisticated novel that remains relevant to this day whereas the film is expectedly overly simplified in dialogue and approach.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

I absolutely loved John Steinbeck’s more simple and straightforward approach at storytelling and his dialogue is particularly terrific. The film is also beautifully made – so well shot, well acted and really well directed by John Ford.

WINNER – TIE

 

BOOK 5: FILM 1

The Grapes of Wrath remains one of the best books that I have read up to this point. The film is definitely good, do not get me wrong, but it can just never compare to the greatness of this absolutely amazing, human and immensely tragic classic book.

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From the Page to the Screen – The Shining

The Shining Book Review

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From the Page to the Screen – The Shining

The Shining is a 1977 horror book which remains one of Stephen King’s finest and most elaborate works. It is truly a fantastic read. But the film is just as great and it will be difficult comparing the two as they are both simply brilliant. This is honestly the finest example of book-to-film adaptations.

 

THE FILM ADAPTATION

The film was directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1980 to decidedly mixed reviews but as with all truly great films, it got reevaluated with time and is now regarded as one of the best works in the horror genre and from the director’s filmography. I agree with both as the film never disappointed me and actually surprised me tremendously how brilliant it is.

 

PLOT

These two are so great as they accompany each other perfectly. What one does wrong, the other does right. I loved the use of topiary animals in the book as well as the telepathic powers, but the movie features much better and more believable action in my opinion. The ending in the book is incredibly touching and inspirational whereas the one in the film is very mysterious and otherworldly.

WINNER – TIE

 

CHARACTERIZATION

Some of the acting is questionable in the film, but still the characters are mostly superbly adapted for the big screen. Dick Hallorann unfortunately got shortchanged, but the protagonist is more menacing and memorable in the film than in the book. Jack Nicholson is so well cast here.

WINNER – TIE

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The Shining Movie Review

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EMOTION

In terms of atmosphere and horror elements, the film is amazing and so well crafted. In that manner, it is even better than the novel. It is such an effective, classical horror film. But the book features a much more emotional approach with some touching dialogue and a truly heartwarming ending.

WINNER – TIE

 

THEMES

Desperate family, violence, communication and isolation are some of the themes well utilized in one of King’s smartest stories. The film is not shallow, far from that. But it is just never as sophisticated as the novel.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Stephen King’s writing here is some of his best. His descriptive passages are truly terrific here as is his dialogue. But he wrote action here quite poorly. The film, on the other hand, is brilliant across the board – the atmosphere is menacing, the cinematography is simply outstanding and the score is creepy and perfect. But the direction from Kubrick is absolutely spectacular and the reason why the film works so well. He truly remains one of history’s best directors.

WINNER – FILM

 

BOOK 4: FILM 4

In the end, the book and the film are tied. And that was to be expected given the caliber of King’s writing here as well as the power of Kubrick’s direction. Again this is a textbook example of how to properly adapt a book – you remain true to the spirit of it, but change some things and change them for the better to remain original in your own way. I am disappointed sometimes with the novel but mostly with the film versions and this is the only time that I was so happy with both of them. They just complement each other immaculately.

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From the Page to the Screen – Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Review

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From the Page to the Screen – Alice in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a classic 1865 novel written by Lewis Carroll. It is one of the most important novels of the 19th century and one of the most famous instances of a nonsense story. It influenced countless other cinematic adaptations, but here I am going to talk only about the Disney one.

 

THE FILM ADAPTATION

The animated film was released in 1951 and it did not receive all that great reviews. It definitely did get reevaluated decades after its release and is now really well regarded. However, it is still incredibly underrated as it is in my opinion one of the most creative, boldest and ultimately finest Disney films.

 

PLOT

The film adapts not only the first book but also its 1871 sequel ‘Through the Looking-Glass’. It takes some chapters from both books, but not all of them. Although it still feels too episodic as much as the novel felt, the film is so much better than the book as they took only the best and most interesting chapters, at least in my opinion.

WINNER – FILM

 

CHARACTERIZATION

The characters are pretty good in the novel and Carroll is the one who created them in the first place of course. The Cheshire Cat, The Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter and others got famous because of this film and it is easy to see why – they are superbly animated, acted and overall stupendously developed and all are unforgettably crazy.

WINNER – FILM

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EMOTION

This goes easily to the film because the book doesn’t really connect emotionally but the film has that wonderful, touching scene where Alice breaks down in tears after getting lost. That is the deepest moment in the film where everything stops and you feel her pain.

WINNER – FILM

 

THEMES

Life as a puzzle, death, dreams and most interestingly language are all so well explored here. The film is never as clever as the book is owing to its variety of themes that Lewis incorporated pretty smoothly. This is thus the only category where the book trumps the movie.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Of course Carroll’s writing is excellent. It is simple but never simplistic. It is actually very clever and the way he uses language is amazing. Both the poems and the riddles are fascinating to read. But the film is also superb with gorgeous animation and a highly psychedelic feel to it. Both are amazing works in their own right.

WINNER – TIE

 

BOOK 2: FILM 4

Yes, I firmly believe that the film is better in this instance. Certainly the novel is cleverly written and crafted, but the film is more emotional, overall much more memorable and both the plot and the character development are stronger. I still really enjoyed this classic novel, but when hearing of Alice in Wonderland, I immediately think of this film first which is a testament to its timeless appeal and unprecedented power.

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From the Page to the Screen – The Little Prince

The Little Prince Book Review

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From the Page to the Screen – The Little Prince

The Little Prince is a 1943 classic French children’s book written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It is one of the best children’s books I’ve read and its classic status is more than deserved as it truly is an inspirational, truly heartwarming and observational novella filled with many insightful lines of dialogue and great themes.

 

 

THE FILM ADAPTATION

The film was released in 2015 and it received mostly very good reviews from critics. It is a French film but done in English language. I personally liked it quite a bit, but it is still a very flawed film which is good, but never reaching the greatness that it could have reached had they done some things differently.

 

PLOT

The film follows the book well but is also a somewhat different, original adaptation as it introduces a new narrative where the grandpa tells her granddaughter a story of how he meet the Little Prince. That is the framing narrative that tells the story from the book and it honestly really worked so well that it’s a shame that the adapted story never was as fantastical as it needed to have been.

WINNER – BOOK

 

CHARACTERIZATION

The new characters are lovely and the original characters are also really well adapted. The character development in strong in this one with the one exception and that is the prince himself who is rather disappointing here.

WINNER – BOOK

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The Little Prince

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EMOTION

I would say that the film definitely has some very emotional scenes, but it just could never compete with the sheer heartbreaking dialogue and observational descriptions from the novel. I connected with the book so much and it touched me deeply much more so than the movie ever did.

WINNER – BOOK

 

THEMES

This one goes without question. The book explores childhood, truth, different versions of reality etc. It is a smart, highly observational and truthful novella which connected with so many people and it is easy to see why. The film is solid, but never as sophisticated as the novella.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

The author’s writing style is superb and of course I adored those wonderful chapter illustrations which truly accompany the story stupendously. But the film is also pretty terrific in its own right as it is a CGI movie but with the story from the book being told in stop-motion. That was a great choice and it led to a really well crafted, gorgeous looking animated picture.

WINNER – TIE

 

BOOK 5: FILM 1

In the end, the novella easily got this one. The film is actually pretty good and a solid, somewhat modernized adaptation of the story, but it just could never compare to the strong themes, emotion and evident magic of the source material. But still they did a pretty good job and the animation in particular is commendable.

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From the Page to the Screen – Frankenstein

Frankenstein Book Review

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From the Page to the Screen – Frankenstein

Frankenstein is an 1818 classic horror novel written by Mary Shelley. It is one of the most influential horror tales of all time and respected to this day and age. It influenced countless movies and here I am going to talk only about the original film. To me the book is more important than truly great as it is difficult to read in this age.

 

 

THE FILM ADAPTATION

The original film was released in 1931 and it received very good reviews and box office. It ended up being one of the most important and famous films from the 1930s and the franchise was born with the 1935 sequel also being a very good film in its own right. But the original remains the best ever film based on the book even if it has very few similarities with it.

 

PLOT

Yes, the film doesn’t really have a lot to do with the source material as the film’s story is more atmospheric, action oriented and eventful. And honestly I liked the film much more because it is much more engaging to watch and timeless in quality which the novel is not.

WINNER – FILM

 

CHARACTERIZATION

The book’s characters are solid, but not great and underutilized. The film, on the other hand, does the best it can with such a short runtime and it gives us a great scientist character and of course a phenomenal creature so well played by Boris Karloff in a career-defining role.

WINNER – FILM

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Frankenstein Movie Review

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EMOTION

The book has a couple of highly moving passages, especially when related to the creature. Some lines of dialogue moved me quite a bit. But the film is also very poignant and tragic in its ending. Both works are very emotional, especially for its genre.

WINNER – TIE

 

THEMES

This one obviously goes to the novel. It covers a plethora of themes from dangerous knowledge to texts to monstrosity and it truly is a sophisticated and influential read whereas the film mostly just relies on pure spectacle.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

This is also an easy choice for me, but this time around the winner is the film. Mary Shelley should be respected for imagining this story, but her writing is too dense, convoluted and difficult to read for today’s readers and thus very much of its time. The film is quite the opposite as its timeless atmosphere, visuals and particularly effective gothic imagery manage to chill the viewer even today.

WINNER – FILM

 

BOOK 4: FILM 2

Despite the novel’s originality, imagination and a couple of highly moving chapters, the film is obviously much better which is rare but it happened in this instance. It is a timeless horror flick with beautiful imagery, atmosphere and sound. It’s a technically astounding, very entertaining film which trumps the source material in my opinion.

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From the Page to the Screen – Animal Farm

Animal Farm Book Review

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From the Page to the Screen – Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a classic 1954 allegorical novel written by George Orwell. It is one of the most important novels of the 20th century and one of the most influential. Its politics still ring true, the film remains a very sophisticated and deceptively simple animal tale and I really liked both the book and its cinematic adaptation.

 

 

THE FILM ADAPTATION

The film was released in 1954, nine years after the novel was first published. It holds the distinction for being the very first British feature animated film. And it definitely paid off as the critics liked it and it truly is a respectable adaptation of an important novel and a somewhat underrated film today.

 

PLOT

The film follows the book pretty closely and is mostly a terrific adaptation that doesn’t really sacrifice anything important. However, the ending is altered and overly happy and thus it is not comparable to the source material unfortunately.

WINNER – BOOK

 

CHARACTERIZATION

Definitely the voice acting could have been better as one guy literally voiced every single character here which is troublesome. But the characters themselves are very strong and so well developed just like their book counterparts.

WINNER – TIE

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Animal Farm Movie Review

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EMOTION

The novel is very emotional, but the film is also highly emotional in a couple of truly devastating scenes. Both works are heartbreaking at times and mostly overly dark and realistic that you end up rooting for the good guys.

WINNER – TIE

 

THEMES

Of course this one goes to the novel. The film is good and very well adapted, but as is usually the case, the themes are much better explored in the written form. That is not to say that the film is thematically thin, it’s just that the novel’s exploration of order, leadership and corruption is much more striking and sophisticated.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

 I like Orwell’s style. I really do. His style with simple and shorter sentences really works as it makes the work much more dramatic. However, some parts were overlong with the descriptions lacking. The film, on the other hand, features good sound design and absolutely terrific, admirably grounded in reality character design where animals are not cute but fittingly realistic and even grotesque.

WINNER – FILM

 

BOOK 4: FILM 3

I actually like the animated film almost as much as I like the book. It truly is a phenomenal adaptation that is going to remain the best ever made out of this material. But there is no denying that the book was first and that this work is so deep and rich in themes. Thus the novel takes this one, but not by much.

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From the Page to the Screen – The Jungle Book

The Jungle by Book Rudyard Kipling - Book Review

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From the Page to the Screen – The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is an 1894 family novel written by Rudyard Kipling. It is one of the treasured children’s classics of literature but even though it is endearing and with a great attention to detail, it was too episodic in nature and two disconnected to me personally. I liked the book, but I did not love it. It was influential and was adapted into three major films, all done by Disney, so let’s see how they stack up together.

 

 

THE 1967 VERSION

The 1967 original animated film is the last film that Walt Disney personally worked on until his unfortunate death. It represents a true end of an era, an era of classic Disney films as afterwards the studio went into their first Dark Age. It is an underrated film today as it is in my opinion one of the ten best Disney films of all time.

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PLOT

The film is very episodic in nature just like the novel, but it thankfully adapted just one major story from the book and is thus much more engaging and well put together. When everybody thinks of The Jungle Book, they immediately think of this movie which is a testament to how amazing it still is and it easily trumps the source material.

WINNER – FILM

 

CHARACTERIZATION

I liked the characters in the novel, but in the film we get much better and more meaningful interactions between each and every one of them plus Baloo and Bagheera are so much better as these unforgettable, wonderful Disney sidekicks. Shere Khan is also one of the better Disney villains out there.

WINNER – FILM

 

EMOTION

The original novel is quite cold actually if you do not count that final chapter which is so moving and beautiful. But the rest is lacking. The animated film, on the other hand, is very emotionally rewarding in large part thanks to superb characterization. The entire third act is wonderful and that ending where Mowgli leaves the two and goes to the man village is so touching.

WINNER – FILM

 

THEMES

This is the only category where the novel is clearly better than the film. I love the film but it is too straightforward and not too sophisticated thematically speaking whereas the book explores animal order, foreignness, courage and principles among others.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

This also has to go to the film. Certainly the book features some wonderful descriptive passages from Kipling, but the film takes that to the next level with pleasing, underrated animation style, simply superb character design and one of Disney’s better soundtracks.

WINNER – FILM

 

BOOK 1: FILM 4

This is one of the rare clear victories in favor of the cinematic adaptation instead of the novel and that is what Disney does best – they took a somewhat boring, very episodic and scattered novel and made a much more straightforward, much more emotional and much better developed in plot and characters film that remains one of their biggest classics to this day.

 

 

THE 1994 VERSION

This adaptation is live-action and again it came from Disney and was released in 1994. It was fairly well received, but is in my opinion the weakest of the three by far as it doesn’t hold up particularly well and for the movie called The Jungle Book, there isn’t a whole lot of jungle to be found in it.

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The Jungle Book Movie Review

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PLOT

As a period, historical piece, the film works. But as a jungle adventure, it fails miserably as it only has a couple of such scenes and they were all some of the worst scenes in the film. I get what they were going for, but the film just wasn’t sophisticated enough to pull that different, more sophisticated approach off. The novel does that much better.

WINNER – BOOK

 

CHARACTERIZATION

Some characters here are fine, but most are lacking and their book counterparts are so much better developed. It also hurts that the acting is not the greatest, especially from the main actor who is also quite miscast.

WINNER – BOOK

 

EMOTION

The novel has that heartfelt final chapter, but the film is lacking in this particular aspect. It isn’t too cold, but because the characterization is weak, there was just not a single truly moving scene to be had here.

WINNER – BOOK

 

THEMES

This is another clear victory for the book as the film tries to be a serious historical drama but fails in that department as the dialogue and the script are not all that great. The novel is much more sophisticated.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

The original features excellent writing from the author – mostly the descriptions which are so detailed and they bring the image of India in your head remarkably well. This movie, on the other hand, features solid costumes, but it doesn’t hold up in terms of the effects as it uses real trained animals and thus removes the magic and charm from the story in favor of realism.

WINNER – BOOK

 

BOOK 5: FILM 0

Now this is another clear slate, but this time around in favor of the book. The movie isn’t bad and is perfectly solid, but mostly just a noble effort at making a very serious, realistic animal film. They failed at that for the most part and what we got was a very forgettable adaptation that is not fun or exciting at all.

 

 

THE 2016 VERSION

The newest 2016 live-action Disney film is really an animated film because it relies heavily on special effects with only Mowgli being played by a real human being. But the effects are excellent and the film is mostly stupendously crafted that it received excellent reviews and reactions across the board. It is a very good film, but somewhat overrated as the original film is much better.

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The Jungle Book Movie Review

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PLOT

I liked the plot of the film quite a bit. It follows the first film somewhat closely, yet it also stays pretty true to the source material. Only the ending was too happy, but otherwise this was such a stupendous adaptation that doesn’t just copy the original film (looking at you ‘Beauty and the Beast’).

WINNER – FILM

 

CHARACTERIZATION

Everything I said above for the original film also applies here but to a somewhat lesser extent. Baloo is great and so well played by Bill Murray, Bagheera is good, Mowgli is endearing and Shere Khan is quite menacing. The characters are faithful to the original film and very good overall.

WINNER – FILM

 

EMOTION

The entire third act is quite moving and although the ending is too happy, it was still quite glorious to witness and heartwarming. It isn’t as endearing as the first film, but it is more emotional than the novel.

WINNER – FILM

 

THEMES

This adaptation actually includes some of the themes from the book and the most fascinating was the role of the elephants in the ecosystem. But still the themes here are rare when compared to the book’s richness of themes.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

The special effects are gorgeous here and although the animals are too big, they look great and pretty realistic. The scenery is also frequently gorgeous and the score pays homage to the original film really well in spite of the weak renditions of songs. This Oscar-winning film is a technical marvel that is best to be seen on the big screen.

WINNER – FILM

 

BOOK 1: FILM 4

Now even though the score is pretty much the same as it was with the original film, this remake is still inferior to the original and never as terrific or as wonderful. But still it is one of the best live-action remakes from Disney in this new string of remakes and mostly an unexpectedly strong, competent film on all fronts.

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From the Page to the Screen – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Book Review

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From the Page to the Screen – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a classic 1952 fantasy novel written by C. S. Lewis. It is one of the better entries in the series with some of the author’s best writing and superb world building. It is a wonderful novel that ranks as the most adventurous story in the Narnia universe.

 

THE FILM ADAPTATION

The film was released in 2010 and it once again went on a downward spiral from the previous entry in the franchise receiving mediocre reviews and even weaker box office. And I can definitely understand the mild response as this movie is very weak and an unfortunately incompetent adaptation of the book for the most part.

 

PLOT

It does some things right, but it is mostly not really faithful and nowhere near as adventurous as the source material. And because they changed the story with the introduction of those supernatural, very annoying elements, the entire story suffered and became clunky.

WINNER – BOOK

 

CHARACTERIZATION

Those supernatural elements ruined the character development too. Definitely Will Poulter was so well cast as Eustace and his relationship with the mouse is better here than in the book, but the rest of the characters are seriously shortchanged with Lucy and Edmund being the worst offenders.

WINNER – BOOK

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Movie Review

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EMOTION

The movie has its heartwarming ending, but because the storytelling was weak and because the pacing is slow, the emotion wasn’t as earned as it was in its wonderful, touching source material.

WINNER – BOOK

 

THEMES

In the novel, everybody learns something and the messages are strong and the characters learn their principles. But by introducing supernatural elements, the film thus shortchanged the novel’s sophisticated themes and character growth and that was beyond frustrating to witness.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Even in this usually movie favorable category, the film loses unfortunately. That is because the book features some of Lewis’s best writing, in particular the descriptive passages. The world building and the adventure are off the roof and the cinematic adaptation just never managed to capture that.

WINNER – BOOK

 

BOOK 5: FILM 0

This is obviously a clear victory in every single category. Now, the movie is not bad, do not get me wrong. It looks and sounds good and it has some great scenes, but it is mostly a missed opportunity as the filmmakers did not even understand the novel and thus the film lost the point the book was trying to make and it is just never as adventurous as its high-spirited source material is.

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From the Page to the Screen – Prince Caspian

C. S. Lewis: Prince Caspian Book Review

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From the Page to the Screen – Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian is a classic 1951 fantasy novel written by C. S. Lewis. It is far from my favorite entry in this series, but it is still such a good second installment that gave us a very interesting Narnia story where animals do not rule for once, but the humans do. It is a very fascinating and also pretty dark read.

 

THE FILM ADAPTATION

The film was released in 2008 and it received much weaker reviews and box office numbers than the previous entry. It still did fairly well, but not nearly as great as the original and that was to be expected given how it ended up being annoyingly action oriented and loosely adapted.

 

PLOT

The plot in the film is pretty solid and most of the plot points were adapted. However, some were not and they were shortchanged for all that extensive action spectacle which I did not appreciate at all.

WINNER – BOOK

 

CHARACTERIZATION

I did not find Caspian to be a particularly strong character in the book, but in the movie he is even worse and his relationship with Susan came out of nowhere and was highly unnecessary. Others were fine, but I was not a fan of that particular development.

WINNER – BOOK

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EMOTION

Again the film is quite moving in its third act and very emotionally rewarding. And of course the novel has its fair share of heartfelt moments. As was the case with the previous comparison, I am going to give the two a tie in this category.

WINNER – TIE

 

THEMES

This goes without saying. The novel examines the principles, the warfare and particularly the memory of the past, but the film discards all of that for giant action sequences that took too much of the runtime.

WINNER – BOOK

 

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

Although the action is ridiculously extended, it was admittedly fun for a while because it was very well executed overall. And again we got terrific  world building, cinematography, score and of course special effects. The book is very well written discounting the action which this author does not know how to write.

WINNER – FILM

 

BOOK 4: FILM 2

Despite the film’s heart and expectedly terrific action sequences, it is infinitely inferior both to the novel and to the original film. The action is overwhelming and that ruined the momentum of the story for me. It is a solid film, but this time around you are much better off with the original source material.

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