5 Hollywood movies better than the book
Pallabi C Samal
March 18, 2022, 05:15
2 minute read
Adapting a book for celluloid has been done for ages.
And, over the years, Hollywood has produced some wonderfully crafted films of this genre, such as Flight over a cuckoo’s nest, The Diary of a Princessand Foreignamong others.
But, often filmmakers surpass the brilliance of their source material, i.e. the original book/novel.
Here we list five of those best movies.
“The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)
Based on the 2003 novel of the same name by American author Lauren Weisberger, The devil wears Prada had Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, Anne Hathaway as Andrea “Andy” Sachs, and Emily Blunt as Emily Charlton.
Critics opined that Weisberger’s novel sounded like a tabloid article, while the film was classy. And the elegance was amplified by Streep’s powerful performance.
“No Country for Old Men” (2007)
There is no country for old peopledirected by Joel and Ethan Coen, is our next entry.
Now Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 self-titled novel was great, but readers found it confusing due to the author’s love of punctuation-free prose.
So when the Coens simplify the story and combine it with standout performances from Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin, the movie becomes the clear winner.
Eleven novels by American novelist Nicholas Sparks have been adapted for film and Notebook is one.
But when it comes to comparison, the movie takes the cake. Why? In the book, the romantic encounters between the protagonists are syrupy and rather melodramatic.
The film also has its over-the-top emotional moments, but the Ryan Gosling-Rachel McAdams chemistry negates each of them.
Our fourth entry is fight clubwho made Brad Pitt a suave idol.
Did you know that even Chuck Palahniuk, whose book is based on director David Fincher, once said that after seeing the movie he was “kind of embarrassed” about his book?
That’s because Fincher ironed out a lot of issues and made logical conclusions in the film, which Palahniuk failed to do.
“The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
Nobody, just nobody can deliver the weirdness of Dr. Hannibal Lecter as effectively as Sir Anthony Hopkins (sorry, Mads Mikkelsen!).
Thesilenceofthelambs gives us goosebumps even to this day, thanks to the serious performance of Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
On the other hand, the 1988 Thomas Harris novel – on which the film was based – was a tedious read due to the writer’s unnecessarily long descriptions.