Sunday, 25 September 2016

Top 5 Worst Adaptations

Sometimes, filmmakers can adapt even the most ‘unfilmable’ source material into an incredible and faithful piece of work, such as Ben Wheatley’s recent High-Rise. But on the other side of that, there are the most simple books, plays, radio shows, games, TV shows and comics that somehow get totally f*cked by Hollywood. Here are 5 of the all-time worst.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Don’t forget your towel…to wipe away the tears. This adaptation of Douglas Adams’ iconic sci-fi is one of the worst in the history of cinema – horribly miscast, uncomfortably unfunny and woefully inferior to its radio and TV counterparts. Just awful.

Check out Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy HERE

Gulliver's Travels

I generally hate any adaptation that changes the period-setting of a its source material, so when this modern-day Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black came out in 2010, I knew I’d hate it. I wasn’t alone. In case Black’s casting didn’t give this away, the film’s heavy focus on juvenile humour was its main downfall.

Check out Gulliver's Travels HERE

The Great Gatsby

In 2013, Baz Luhrmann took F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic 1925 novel, shat on it, and turned it into a 2-and-a-half hour music video with music from, Jay-Z, Fergie and Nero. It’s hard to see if anybody involved with the film has even read the book. But hey, it looks nice at least.

Check out The Great Gatsby HERE

The Cat In The Hat

The Cat in the Hat is terrifying. It is harrowing. It is disturbing. It took a beloved children’s book and turned it into a horror involving a huge cat played by Mike Myers terrorising children. After the release, Seuss’ widow Audrey Geisel decided to never allow another live-action adaptation of a Seuss work, which says more than I ever could.

Check out The Cat In The Hat HERE

Breakfast At Tiffany's

A strange choice, I hear you cry. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a classic. Yes, it is. But as an adaptation? It’s awful. It changes so much that even calling it a ‘loose adaptation’ is a stretch. But who wants to see a film where the couple don’t get together at the end, eh? Oh, and it’s racist. Very, very racist.

Check out Breakfast At Tiffany's HERE

Sam Love

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