The Fifth Wave Trailer

And we have a trailer!

The thing about The Fifth Wave is that it’s a really interesting concept, with a slightly less interesting book. I’ve been hoping that this will be like The Maze Runner and translate really well onto the big screen, but the trailer…well, I don’t know.

I like the look of Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie. I’m really hopeful that she’ll do a fantastic job and bring this character to life. I also like the look of some of the shots – especially the first scene, where she encounters the man in the supermarket. Obviously it’s hard to tell, but it looks like it’s been pretty well done.

The main thing about this is I didn’t feel like it was a great trailer. I’m not a huge fan of the very generic and unspectacular soundtrack, and although I think the whole concept of the ‘waves’ needs to be explained, it would be nice to see it done more creatively than as a glorified PowerPoint.

The clips we do glimpse seem really promising though, and I’m looking forward to going to see what this movie’s really like. It’s not out until next year, so they have time to sort out a cooler soundtrack…right?

What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited for the film, or do you think it may be disappointing?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

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I Saw the Paper Towns Movie!

Paper Towns (Movie)I read Paper Towns (John Green) roughly…last Thursday, and it didn’t exactly blow me away. A lot of people say that John Green’s characters are really similar, and I tend to agree. The sad thing is that the books have such great stories, cute humour and interesting philosophies, and I find that the repetitive characters sap my enjoyment of them.

The movies are another matter. I LOVE the John Green movie adaptations. They pick up on the overall feeling of the book, and then they bring something new to it. I loved The Fault in Our Stars movie, but I think I love Paper Towns more.

The characters look wildly different to how I imagined them (especially Ben and Quentin), but that didn’t bother me at all. There were a lot of discrepancies with the book – for example, Radar wearing glasses rather than contacts, but honestly? I really didn’t care. I didn’t think the book was good enough to warrant an exact, totally ‘accurate’ film adaptation. Personally, I loved every single actor in this movie. Every. Single. One. That’s kind of a big deal.

If I had to pick a favourite thing about this movie, I think it would be Nat Wolff. I just love what he brought to the character – the constant, reluctant smile when he’s with Margo is the cutest thing in the world, and it’s just so Quentin. You nailed it, Nat.

The other thing that warmed my heart was the sort of three-way bromance between Radar, Ben and Quentin. It looked so natural on screen, I like to imagine that the actors are besties off-set as well. The part when they all start singing because they’re scared? SO CUTE.

There were some fairly major changes in the movie, for example the fact that Angela (Radar’s girlfriend) gets to join in on the road trip. It’s nice, and I don’t mind it – she and Radar are a cute couple – but I wasn’t sure how much it added to the story.

I did approve of the film’s pacing of Lacey and Ben’s relationship though; I found it much more believable, and in the end, much sweeter. Thumbs up, film director people.

Overall, this film made me like the story more. The actors brought something new to the characters, and while I’m 99% sure I won’t be reading the book again, I can now actually distinguish between these people and every other character he’s ever written. It’s given me happy memories.

I’m not really a movie reviewer because I know nothing and am too easily pleased, but if I was going to rate this, it would be a five star sort of deal. I really liked it.

If you’ve seen the movie too, I’d love to hear your thoughts! How did it compare to the book? What did you think of the casting choices?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Upcoming Movies That Were Books First

Is it fair that the YA book-to-movie adaptations get all the attention? No. Here’s my list of movies I’m looking forward to seeing, that were originally books.

  • Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)

Unbroken FilmThis film comes out in the UK on 26th December 2014, and was based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand. Time magasine named it their top nonfiction book of the year, so it sounds like it’s worth a read! It’s a survival story set during World War 2, following young lieutenant Louis Zamperini. The movie is directed by Angelina Jolie, and features music by Alexandre Desplat.

  • Paddington (Michael Bond)

Paddington FilmPaddington! I’m never sure what to expect from this sort of film, but if it shares David Heyman with the Harry Potter movies, and stars Nicole Kidman, Julie Waters and Peter Capaldi, maybe we can afford to be hopeful? Michael Bond’s famous little bear is techincally already on the big screen (it came out in November) but I’ve yet to watch it so it still makes the list!

  • Spare Parts

Spare Parts Film

This is a total cheat, because this film is based on an article by Joshua Davis rather than a book, but I just loved the premise too much not to talk about it! “Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion.” What? That sounds amazing. Here’s hoping! The American release date is 16th January 2015, but it looks like that’s not set in stone.

  • Still Alice (Lisa Genova)

Still Alice FilmBased on the novel by Lisa Genova, ‘Still Alice’ is – from what I’ve seen – a big Indie film based on the life of a mum who receives a serious diagnosis. This movie comes to us in the UK on 6th March 2015.

  • Child 44 (Tom Rob Smith)

Child 44 Film(Please note I have no idea what this picture is, but it was on imdb, so I rolled with it). This story is set in the Soviet Union, during Stalin’s rule, and is based on a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith. It’s due in UK cinemas on 17th April 2015.

And that’s all I have for today! What are your picks for up-coming book to film adaptations? Have you read any of the books mentioned here?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

(Also I hope you all had a really lovely Christmas!)

~Dani

My Favourite Film Adaptations of Children’s Books

  1. How to Train Your Dragon (Cressida Cowell) Possibly the best animated movie ever made. It’s funny and cute and touching and beautiful and just everything you could ever want. The John Powell score is gorgeous, and the actors are fantastic. Just…it’s all so perfect. 
  2. Horton Hears a Who (Dr Seuss) This animated movie is one of my all-time favourites! It’s touching and funny and imaginative, which I think is pretty true to the book. Lovable elephant (Jim Carrey) discovers a town of little people living on a speck, and has to find a way to save them all. It ends in a musical number, which is always good.
  3. The Lorax (Dr Seuss) More Dr Seuss! In a way, I like this one more than Horton Hears a Who just because it’s a musical. Everything is better as a musical, am I wrong? In a Dystopian world where nothing natural grows, Ted (Zac Efron) discovers the last tree and endeavours to ‘re-grow’ the world. SUCH a good film.
  4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [The Chronicles of Narnia #1] (C.S. Lewis) The reason this movie is so low down on the list is that the sequels were disappointing. This first one was great, though; I thought they did a great job of imagining the world and adapting the story onto the big screen.

What have I missed? Do you agree with the films on my list?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

More Favourite Book to Film Adaptations

After writing my first version of this post, I found some new adaptations that I fell in love with! So here’s my list of favourite book to movie adaptations, continued.

The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) Okay, I know everyone’s talking about it and it’s not very new, but…isn’t it a fantastic adaptation? Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Joe Wright is potentially my new favourite director. This is such a beautiful film! I loved all of the characters, the cinematography and the screenplay. After spending so long toiling over the book, it was so refreshing to watch a slightly easier-on-the-brain version.

Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) This one’s a bit of a cheat because I haven’t actually read the book! (I’m YOUNG – I have time!) Joe Wright strikes again with a really unique and breath-taking film. I loved the way the scene changes worked as though it were playing out on stage; it was all so gracefully done. In all honesty though, I think I’d have been happier watching a film solely about Konstantin and Kitty’s story – they’re the cutest thing.

What are some of your favourite book to movie adaptations? Did you like any of the ones I mentioned?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

My Top 5 Favourite Book to Movie Adaptations

A lot of film adaptations of books can be acutely disappointing (don’t even talk to me about Eragon), but it’s summer, so I wanted to take a more positive approach. Here are my top five favourite movies based on books:

  1. Everything is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer) This movie had to make the top of my list because – strangely – I preferred the film to the book. I think it was a story better told with music and colours and actors than in the words of Foer. Don’t get me wrong: he’s a great writer, but I felt like the story needed more.
  2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (J R R Tolkein) I haven’t met many book lovers who didn’t also have a deep respect for these movies. Of course they aren’t flawless, but I’d say the fact that they are made by and for LoTR enthusiasts make them special.
  3. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) I love this film (and book) so much. I loved the acting choices in spite of minor aesthetic inaccuracies, and the sensitive balance of humour and heart-break is beyond perfection.
  4. The Prince Of Egypt (story of Moses – the Bible) I wasn’t sure if I could count this as a ‘book-to-film adaptation’, which explains the reason for such a fantastic film being so low on this list. The mind-shatteringly awesome grandeur of the animation, story-telling and scripting brings the ancient story to life (and that’s without mentioning the beautiful Hans Zimmer/Stephen Schwarz soundtrack)
  5. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins) I think most of us can agree that this film surpassed ‘The Hunger Games’ by far – a really satisfying adaptation that was faithful to – and yet not limited by – the book.

What are your favourite book/movie adaptations?

If you’ve seen any of the films mentioned, let me know what you thought of them!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani