Inspired by Alexa’s post over at Cleveland’s a Plum, I share with you my top ten list of movies that have the power to halt my channel surfing (in no particular order):
1. National Treasure
2. Pirates of the Caribbean (any, but especially the first one)
3. The Lord of the Rings (any)
4. Stick It
5. 10 Things I Hate About You
6. You’ve Got Mail
7. The Birdcage
8. Harry Potter (any)
9. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
10. A Knight’s Tale
What’s on your list?
The book is almost always better than the movie. Some good examples: Children of Men, Eragon, The Lightning Thief, and The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising.
The most recent example: The Help. Excellent book. Kathryn Stockett’s writing is vivid and powerful. The story she writes does not shy away from the truth, but does leave you with the feeling that a small group of people can make a difference and things can get better. The characters seem ready to step off the page and into your living room.
The movie does not do it justice. The story is watered-down, the characters become one-dimensional, important parts are changed or omitted. Charlotte, Constantine and Rachel are mis-cast.
To be fair, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek and Viola Davis deliver top-notch performances. The costumes were gorgeous. And my mom, who did not read the book, thought the movie was excellent.
I’d give it three stars out of five. How about you?