Worst movie adaptations: The recent release of Watchmen based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore got me thinking about what I thought were the worst movie adaptations of books. What book or books did a director or directors completely ruin in the adaptation(s) that you wish you could “unsee,” and why in your opinion, what made it or them so bad in contrast to the book or books?
First, let me start off the top since I was the one who came up with this Weekly Geek’s topic, that I don’t know whether or not Watchmen was a bad movie adaptation of the book since I didn’t read the graphic novel. From what I’ve heard from those who’ve read it that the movie was faithful to the graphic novel.
Myself: without the benefit of reading the book, while I understand the concept, I thought it was too long (maybe trying to cut in on closeups in scenes like a comic book) and I really didn’t need to see naked blue guy so much. I’m not for censorship, by any means, but I don’t think it would have been too much to ask that he wear his Speedo through not just one scene in the movie but others as well — just saying.
So on to the topic:
Whenever I think of worst movie adaptation of a book, I think of mainly one book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck’s theme of humans relying on each other at the end of the book gets skewed in the movie to become a treatise of capitalism by director John Ford, whose other works such as The Quiet Man I enjoy. Cinematograhy-wise, the movie is pure genius, but story-wise, it’s…hmmmm…crap and is not faithful to Steinbeck’s vision at all.
So what movie adaptation of a book chafes your literary sensibilities?