I’m participating in the Good Books Inc. Scavenger Hunt hosted by the lovely and talented girls over at Padfoot and Prongs. The challenge is to complete 10 different book and reading related challenges within a few months. Today I’m doing challenge #5:
Room With A View – This is one of the very few movies based on a book that I think got it right. Both are delightful and complement each other well, and I was able to accept the casting and the scenery with no hesitation. It has been a while since I read the book, but I still remember when I watched the movie for the first time after reading the book — I was delighted that such a great adaptation had been done. And I’m still SHOCKED that Daniel Day-Lewis plays Cecil Vyse so expertly that he disappears altogether in the role. And talk about a dream cast — Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Simon Callow, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands, Judi Dench. The movie is pitch-perfect. The scenery lovely. The story delightful. Perfection!
The Lord of the Rings — I will confess right now that I read the first two books of the Lord of the Rings and then bailed on the third halfway through. It just got too confusing. (I loved The Hobbit though.) For me, the movies did a wonderful job of bringing the book to life — although I still had trouble with the third movie just like I did with the book (too much jumping around). The first movie just blew me away. I remember watching it in the theater (alone as my husband said “NO WAY”) and being completely enthralled. I was so sad when it ended. Definitely a big screen must as it didn’t work as well on the smaller screen. I completely admire director Peter Jackson for his vision and hard work to bring these stories to life. And the casting was brilliant too!