Katie just finished watching The Polar Express, and now she's watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the new version. And it got me thinking. . . dangerous territory, I know.
The Polar Express is a wonderful children's Christmas book. Very wholesome and brought a tear to my eye the first time I read it to Cassidy. (And maybe a few other times, too.) So I couldn't wait for the movie to come out. Even though Tom Hanks was involved and I consider him one of the greatest actors of our time (Castaway) the conversion of this book into a movie was horrible. They added characters and made it a little creepy. They bum on top of the train. He scared me! I watched it once and don't plan to ever watch it again.
The Shining by Steven King - Great movie and even better book. If you thought the movie was scary, read the book. I remember reading it in High School and being creeped out because I was reading it in a room alone. Scary, weird, fantastic book!
The Lord of the Rings - You knew this was coming. Phenomenal movie, and I can't put into words how great the book is. They did a great job making the movie and although some characters were missing (Tom Bombadil) and they added some things I wasn't happy about (Frodo sending Sam away before they meet Shelob the giant spider), I don't think anyone could have done a better adaptation. As for the characters that were missing, there's no way you could get them all into a movie. When I was reading the book, I had to buy another book so that I could keep all the characters straight!
Harry Potter - These were actually pretty good, both the books and the movies. I think since JK Rowling had such a big role in the films, it made a big difference.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - You just can't top Gene Wilder. I love Johnny Depp, but the original is way better. As for the book, I haven't read it, so I can't say.
The Batman Series - OK, I'm no comic book reader, so I can't say. But who is your favorite Batman since the 80's? Being a child of the 80's I have to say that Michael Keaton tops my list. All of them since have sucked, until Christian Bale.
Planet of the Apes - Charleton Heston Rules!! Right, Angie?
So, which do you prefer? The shortened version in a movie theater, or reading the book? The original, or updated remake? Bob, you better not let me down here. You're the resident movie expert.
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