This Oscar season bestows us the exuberance of revelling in the premier movies and performances of the previous year. And this year bears testimony to some of the most excellent movie adaptions from classic books. Two of this year’s Best Picture nominees were Little Women and The Irishman – both adapted from immortal books that have withstood the test of time. Yet another nominee Joker employed stimulus from The Killing Joke, a graphic novel. This collection of movie adaptations has assimilated the ethos of the book in every sense possible and is also well-crafted with a stroke of exclusivity as artistic pieces.
The adaptation is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The story follows Scout Finch, whose father, a lawyer by profession, protects an African against forged rape charges. This whole process reveals to Scout and her brother Jem a nasty world gripped by racism. The movie was a blockbuster hit on its release in 1962 and remains faithful to the ethos of the book. Gregory Peck’s adept acting presents an exemplary depiction of Atticus Finch. The film was showered with accolades – three Oscars, including Best Screenplay and Best Actor.
Though the first and foremost rule of Fight Club is not to talk about Fight Club, let’s make an anomaly. This brilliant film is an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s genius novel, the movie revolves around the meeting of an insomniac, Edward Norton, with a vivacious stranger on his business trip. Definitely, the elixir for insomnia is not an underground fight club. The film depicts a critical eye to the consumerist culture while also questioning the notion of masculinity. The movie portrays how men connect through violence, with a blend of satire and social critique. A visual treat to the eye, the film does justice in capturing the chagrin tormenting many as they have not unearthed the essence of life.
No Country for Old Men
An adaptation based on Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel. Like in the book, the movie also explores the distinction of virtue and vice, and that is a futile divergence we create. The plot revolves around a Vietnam veteran who accidentally unravels two million dollars as a consequence of a Texas drug deal that goes haywire. But now he’s been tracked by a brutal killer for the money. The movie also follows a harmonious blend of comedy and violence.
The Silence of the Lambs
While bringing Hannibal Lecter is a mammoth task, but the adaptation furnishes an engaging film, presenting a tormenting tale of horror and suspense. This mesmerising adaptation will keep you affixed to the screen because of its vigour and brilliance. Moreover, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are both genius’ exhibiting their mastery as they etch in our hearts these two indelible characters – a well-crafted, precocious thriller.