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3 Examples of Movies That Were Much Better Than The Book

October 31st, 2014 by in Entertainment with 86 Views

The Lord of the Rings

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The books by J.R.R. Tolkien are some of the most beloved fantasy novels of all time, and many critics and fans would argue that the films cannot hold a candle to the books. However, Peter Jackson’s utilization of CGI (along with the superb acting of all involved) really helped to bring Middle Earth to life. Anyone remember Tom Bombadil? How about any of the other dozens of forgettable characters? Omissions like that due to time constraints can only be a good thing. There is also the fact that Tolkien was a linguist, not a writer. He sought to design his own language in the books, and the plot and events were based around that premise; with the films, narrative and visuals were front and center, making for a better experience on the whole. Face it, dorks, the books weren’t that great.

The Green Mile

movies better than books

The Stephen King book, written in 1996, is arguably his best non-horror book. The plot, with its themes of racism, injustice, duty and sacrifice elicits many, often conflicting, emotions. As well as the book conveys these emotions, and as brilliantly as it deals with the themes, the acting prowess of Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan takes the emotional impact to new levels, levels that could draw tears from even the toughest death-row inmate. It’s a film that is every bit as technically brilliant as The Shawshank Redemption, with extra emotional weight behind it that helps to etch it, indelibly, onto your memory.

Forrest Gump

movies better than books

Another movie with Tom Hanks in the lead role, Forrest Gump takes Winston Groom’s novel of the same name and, with some great cinematography and excellent use of the medium, produces a film of outstanding quality and emotion. From Forrest unwittingly entering scenes of segregation in Little Rock, to meeting with the president and coining the phrase “shit happens”, the narrative is solid and concise throughout, and the scenes more interesting to watch than to read thanks to solid directional and camera work.