From Book To Movie: Reviews

I'm not much over a movie-goer, or watcher, or whatever, but J and I decided to make Saturday a movie theatre marathon date night.  Such a great idea! Not only were both movies spectacular, but were also adapted for the screen from books.

First, we watched The King's Speech; an account of King George VI's struggle to rid himself of the stammer that afflicted his esteem and aroused doubt in his subjects. The King's Speech is a beautiful historical drama that presents the power of communication. King George used his voice to provide comfort and hope for his people throughout WWII, in contrast to Adolph Hitler's oration, which ignited fury and fear in the hearts of the German peoples. Colin Firth's performance was absolutely incredible. All around feel good film.

Our second viewing was Jane Eyre, the recent film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's novel of the same title.  I'll admit I went in slightly skeptical and ready for criticism after recently rereading the novel.  The film, a mere two-hour feature, kept in line with much of the novel.  I felt that several themes were absent from the film, namely: Jane's intense religious devotion, which was hardly mentioned, and her keen interest in literature and learning, which was also skimmed over.  The film, and I guess I should have known, relied heavily upon her infatuation with Rochester (the film did little to help me understand the attraction).  The cinematography was spectacular, and quite fitting for the content.  Dark hues and damp weather helped create the mood.  Furthermore, Mia Wasikowska was alluring, and perfectly cast as a humble Jane.

Seen either of these?  What are you thoughts?


  1. I have wanted to watch King's Speech for a while now. With all the controversy it sparked in the wake of its Oscar triumph, I feel I owe it a shot. There were strong candidates this year. Most of them under-advertised, but the art was strong. I really wonder if King's Speech holds up to Winer's Bone and Black Swan. Great review.

  2. Ben, I have no idea about the Oscar stuff, as I don't really care about award shows or whatever. And I've haven't seen the other films you mention. The story was feel good, but what I think made it stand out was the fact that it did stress the importance of speech and language. How the English people needed the monarchy to overcome obstacles and truly work for then. Plus, Colin Firth was just amazing- a literal transformation. I highly recommend it.

  3. I've been dying to see the new Jane Eyre and have yet to find a theatre in my area that is playing it. I'm interested in the King's Speech as well but will probably wait until it's out on DVD. Glad you enjoyed both of these movies!

  4. I have seen 'The King's Speech' and I have to say that I was sceptical about the quality of the film but I certainly came away from the film impressed.

    Ben mentions Winter's Bone and Black Swan in regards to nomination and so forth. Black Swan, I wholeheartedly recommend you watch. It's stunning, thrilling, exciting and beautiful. I can't profess to say I have seen Winter's Bone.

    Interestingly, we are talking about book to film adaptations. The Social Network falls under that category. As does True Grit. The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon, falls under it too.

  5. We watched KS just this past week. It floored me, because I wasn't expecting much. Instead, I got a surprisingly mature performance from Firth and the rest of the leading cast were predictably good. Fab direction, great pace, even made me laugh out loud a couple of times. Deserves its accolades I think.

    I will watch JE because, well, it's JE, but I won't expect much. In fact, I suspected it would focus on the romance. But there you go. :)

  6. Monica,
    Yes, I felt that it was one of Firth's best performances. I was shocked by his skill. I laughed, too. The romantic side of JE was to be expected; although, should we feel offended that filmmakers don't believe individuals can sit through a film that doesn't offer the standard fare? IDK. It's another of my movie rants. I feel that's why I was so impressed with The King's Speech.

  7. Ian, I appreciate your recommendations, but I'm not much of a movie goer. Actually, I generally detest film and television. I'll let you know if I see any others. You should stop by more often!

  8. I've had my eye on both of these, though I'm not usually a big movie-watcher. I have to read the books first, though (my personal rule!). Glad to hear Jane Eyre wasn't an awful remake - I know there was some skepticism around that.


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