Friday, 18 November 2011

Literature Love // Great Expectations for Film adaptations...

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The movie is never as good as the book is it? They'll always miss out a part of the book that you love, usually just a small thing, underplaying a minor character you hold dear, or skipping a line that has personal resonance... So its with baited breath that we wait upon the new adaptations of two much esteemed classics.

The first, from director Andrea Arnold who is taking us back to those windy moores of Wuthering Heights, to play out the destructive lives of its inhabitants on the big screen once again. No previous film adaptations have held a candle to Emily Bronte's devistatingly beautiful novel in our opinion, so the door is open for a decent version to come along. Rhi has picked Wuthering Heights back up this week in anticipation for the latest film's release (although its never usually wise to read the book so close to watching the film, is it?) - finding it as enthralling as ever...

We're already impressed with the with the casting of James Howson, 'unconventional' as far as the previous films are concerned, but far truer to how we've always visualised the novel's descriptions of Heathcliffe, and from what we can see in the trailer, it looks stunningly shot and seems to have captured the the book's captivating and chilling essence. High hopes for this one.

The next film release that has us crossing our fingers for a spetacular version is Great Expectations...

From director Mike Newell (Four Weddings & a Funeral, Mona Lisa Smile and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - interesting mix!) and starring a dream cast of Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane and the incredible Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham (hello, is that not half the cast of Harry Potter? Throw in Alan Rickman and who care's if its any good!) - when we first heard the line up we were pretty excited, so hoping that Voldemort, Hagrid and Bella- oh wait, sorry, Magwitch, Mr Jaggers and Miss Havisham can exceed 'Expectations' and that this film is truly 'Great' (is that the worst film pun ever, can we get a sarcastic slow clap for that please?)

Also looking forward to Baz Lurhman's The Great Gatsby, sure to be a visual extravaganza in true Lurhman style, and especially with such a beautiful cast - Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Gemma Ward!

Are there many film adaptations you feel stand up to the book they originated from? We'd love to hear your favourite book to film translations!

Looking forward to the weekend?

Much love,
R&L xx

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