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Posted 7/15/13
A place to rant or compliment various adaptations you've seen! Not limited to American remakes but just in general adaptations.

Though I'm going to start with an American adaptation that's seriously making me twitchy to the point that I want to scream.

All You Need is Kill. AKA Edge of Tomorrow.

While the new title does make sense I think it takes more away from the original because if you've read the book and you think about it, All You Need is Kill makes more sense. To me anyway. Also, Tom Cruise's character is a lieutenant general. In the book, the guy is a private. I'm afraid that with the higher rank you won't get the feel for the character like you do from the book.

I know not everything can be just like the book but I now understand why my booky friends get so twitchy when their books are made into movies.

(There will be more twitching when news of Yukikaze comes out)
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Posted 7/16/13
I've been resigned to butcherings for a long time now. It's the status quo. The safe thing to do is expect the movie to be different from the original source and just enjoy it for what it is. Though that is extremely difficult to do.

I totally agree about "All You Need Is Kill". I loved the book. Everything I see about the adaptation makes me twitchy too. But... on the positive side, it may get people to read the book that ordinarily wouldn't have. So, that's a good thing for Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

I can make a big list of botched movies, but I'll save that for another time. Instead, I want to point out an adaptation that looks great. That's the Japanese version of "Unforgiven". It seems faithful, but different in a way that works to its credit. I'm really excited to see it, especially since I'm a fan of the original.

On the other hand, sometimes you really *do* have to break with the source material. The books that "How To Train Your Dragon" were based on were terrible, imo. I'm sure if you are a 12 year-old boy, you'd disagree. The movie bears little resemblance to the books. And it is a fantastic movie. If it had been a faithful adaptation, it wouldn't have worked.
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Posted 7/18/13
Huh! I hadn't realized "How To Train Your Dragon" was a book series. I'll have to look that up.
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