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Friday’s Fabulous Five ~ From Page To Screen

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Friday’s Fabulous Five theme today is book’s that have made onto the big screen. Sometime’s when a well known and well loved book is made into film it doesn’t always do the book any justice and it can be a let down, so this list is for those film’s that didn’t do too badly, Today I have scored the Adaption’s mark’s out of five, this is just my opinion and you can always let me know what you think.
1. The Duchess ~ Amanda Forman

A tale of decadence and excess, great houses and wild parties, love and sexual intrigue, this biography of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, casts an astonishing new light on the nobility of eighteenth-century England.

Fashionable, extravagant and universally adored, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, was one of the most influential women of her day. But her flamboyant public persona hid a multitude of personal troubles: drug addiction, vast gambling debts, an unhappy ménage à trois with her husband and best friend, and a doomed affair with the future prime minister. Like her descendant, Diana, Princess of Wales, Georgiana was a vulnerable woman living the life of an icon.

The Film star’s Keira Knightly in the title role, the always brilliant Ralph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper. I give The Duchess Film – 3/5
2. Atonement ~ Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.

Again it this see’s Kiera Knightly doing basically what she doe’s best, the very talented Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy. I give Atonement the Film – 3/5
3. Suit Francaise ~ Irene Nemirovsky

Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940. Suite Française tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy—in their town, their homes, even in their hearts.

Starring Michelle William’s, Matthias Schoenaerts and the always brilliantly understated Kristen Scott Thomas. I give Suite Francaise the film – 4/5
4. PS; I Love You ~ Cecilia Ahern

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

Starring the gorgeous Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank – I give PS; I Love You the Film – 3/5
5. DaVinci Code ~ Dan Brown

An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Starring the lovable Tom Hank’s, Audrey Tatou and scene stealing Paul Bettany as Silas. I give The Da Vinci Code Film – 2/5

 

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