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5 Most Hated Movie Adaptations

Last week we listed favourite movie adaptations and Paula of Light Motifs II asked me to organise a round up of

5 Most Hated Movie Adaptations

Here’s a list of the 5 I hate most :

1. Persuasion — Netflix

This has to be one of the worst (if not THE WORST) adaptations of Jane Austen’s novel that I have ever come across. The novel’s prim and proper heroine who sacrificed her love to her family’s sense of propriety is depicted as a drunken pseudo-feminist. I could not watch beyond the first twenty minutes.

2.The Jungle Book (live action)

Disney’s animated Jungle Book is a movie my elder two children grew up with. They used to watch it all the time. The whole family loved the catchy songs and dialogue.

When I saw the relatively recent live action adaptation, it was a huge disappointment. Maybe it would have seemed better if there was no animated version to compare with.

3. Elementary — the series– CBS

“Sherlock, a recovering drug addict, and Joan Watson, a former surgeon hired to aid Sherlock in his rehabilitation, help the New York Police Department solve difficult crimes.”

This show, starting famous actress Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson is very loosely based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters. I am afraid I could not manage to finish viewing even one episode.

On the other hand I simply adored the series “Sherlock” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This again is only loosely based on the original stories but inspite of this, manages to be quite engaging.

4. Miss Marple movies starring Dame Margaret Rutherford

Dame Margaret Rutherford starred in a few early black and white adaptations of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple stories. For anyone familiar with the books this is quite a let down. Miss Marple is described in the books as petite and frail. Dame Rutherford is tall and thick set. Also, the storyline in these adaptations strays from the original.

5. Sherlock Holmes adaptations before and during World War II

“Holmes has to track the voice of a radio broadcaster from the Nazi camps that is spreading panic in England. He recruits Dr. Watson and the wife of a murdered operative to solve the mystery.”

I did not like this because it is less a detective story and more of propaganda.

How about you? What movie or TV adaptations do you dislike most?

10 thoughts on “5 Most Hated Movie Adaptations

  1. I haven’t seen Persuasion but if it is as bad as all that I obviously hadn’t missed much. My sister, who has always enjoyed Agatha Christie’s books doesn’t like the Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple either for the same reason you mentioned. She said that she’d read that Agatha Christie didn’t like her in the role either.
    I didn’t watch Elementary or Sherlock either, the former mainly because I don’t like modern adaptations of classic stories. I read all the books when I was younger but I don’t really care for the character of Holmes anyway. I always found him rude and selfish.

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  2. I can’t come up with five right now, but here are three

    Top of my list is Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. How can someoneĀ  5′ 6″ tall play a character who stands 6 feet 7 and maintain credibility.

    Next is some of the Jack Higgins novels. I read a lot of these years ago, and the film adaptations again were mismatched actors to characters.

    The sequel to The Punisher had the character suddenly have a daughter as well when his wife and only child (son) were slaughtered in the original.

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