Why I love...following movies

Why I love Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by the fun blog, Reflections of a Bookaholic. It's a mid-week meme focusing on something loved about books or bookish. I do a lot of memes already that are general questions, but some of these themes and prompts are a bit different so thought it looked fun!

Week's Theme: Favorite Movie Adaptions

Why I love...Misc Movies Listed!

I had already done one with TV shows (linked here), so for this one I want to focus on films.

I think Dolores Claiborne was an excellent movie that far surpassed the book. I need to re-read the book as an adult and still provide a review, but the movie had the excellent Kathy Bates and I think she did a superb job. The drama was done just right. It's easy with this kind of film to get melodramatic but I think the director nailed it. I also dig the score done for it. It focuses on many big issues in life - old age and feeling useless/helpless, the affects to women from age and work, alcoholism and dependance, PTSD, spousal abuse, child molestation.

Other movies I thought were great from books:

JAWS - Much better than the book, becoming one of the best films of all time. Who can forget the amazing music they added to this adaptation, the brilliant acting, suspenseful directing, ironic buildup? It will always be a big favorite for me. Surprisingly never remade but they've talked about it. Would be difficult to remake something they did so well the first time.

I also think they did a great job with The Help bringing it up to the big screen, keeping it faithful to the book for the most part.