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?