Name 5 absolutely great film adaptations of books.
High Fidelity - Even better than the book, to be perfectly honest. I think that film is as near enough to perfect as perfect gets.
Stand By Me - Stephen King is pretty lucky that a lot of his stories that have been adapted have been very successful. The Body is one of four stories from Different Seasons, one of the best books I’ve read. King is a great storyteller. Stand By Me was so lucky in the fact that the child actors were exceptionally talented, which is so rare. They were gorgeous and so convincing.
V for Vendetta - I genuinely loved the film. I thought the ending of the book was much, much better, but for a Hollywood adaptation, I don’t think they did it too badly at all.
The Damned United - I saw the film before I had read the book, and I adore the film. Michael Sheen is one of my favourite actors, and he was the best part about it. The film is definitely less gritty, more humorous and light-hearted than the book, but I can understand why they didn’t include a lot of the more depressing, alcohol-fuelled scenes. The book does give the reader a glimpse into the mind of Brian Clough, and how betrayed he felt. The film gives us a glimpse into that, but through a more rose-tinted lens, it shows more of Brian Clough’s confident personality and character.
300 - Epic, intense, brilliant and eye-fucking-candy. Manliest, sexy man-filled film ever. Aesthetically consistent with the graphic novel as well.