A Guide To Film Adaptations

Yesterday I woke up to the news that Jon Favreau has been roped in to make a film inspired by Walt Disney World Resort's 'Magic Kingdom'. I went there in 1994 and as far as I can remember it features the 'It's A Small World' attraction, the cruise and some other crap that I can't be bothered to Google. Basically Disney have seen the top dollars that the Pirates franchise has raked in so they're looking for their next meal ticket. No shame in that. However, will movie adaptations of theme park rides destined to become the norm? No idea but let's take a look at other sources of Hollywood's "creativity".


The Good: The Godfather (1972), Goodfellas (1990), Different Seasons aka Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption (1986, 1994) The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003), The Princess Bride (1987), Jurassic Park (1993)

The Bad: The Lovely Bones (2009), The Colour Purple (1985), Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), The Beach (2000)

Verdict: Can go either way in this one but most seem to agree that the films never live up to the books. I wouldn't know, I don't read.


The Good: Wayne's World & Wayne's World 2 (1992, 1993), The Fugitive (1992), Charlie's Angels (2000 and SHUT UP), Mission Impossible (1996), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), The Addams Family (1991), The A-Team (2010 and SHUT UP)

The Bad: Lost In Space (1998), Bewitched (2005), Thunderbirds (2004), Sgt. Bilko (1995), The Avengers (1998)

Verdict: Usually a fat big fail but some of them work. And yes that includes Charlie's Angels so stop laughing.

Computer Games

The Good: Resident Evil (2002) and, erm....that's it. Actually Prince of Persia (2010) was alright.

The Bad: *deep breath* Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (2003), Super Mario Bros. (1993). I can't be bothered to write anymore.

Verdict: Oh please.

Comic Books

The Good: The Dark Knight (2008), Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Spiderman (2002), Spiderman 2 (2004), Kick-Ass (2010), Iron Man (2008), Ghost World (2001), Blade (1998), X-Men (2000), X2 (2003)

The Bad: Spiderman 3 (2007), Catwoman (2004), The Spirit (2008), Batman & Robin (1997), Daredevil (2003), Ghost Rider (2007), Watchmen (2009), Iron Man 2 (2010).

Verdict: Hard to define as the genre provides as many classics as it does disasters. Although it's highly likely that Thor (2011) will sway it into the shit category...


The Good: Transformers (2007), The Masters of the Universe (1987). No I'm not joking.

The Bad: Inspector Gadget (1999), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Garfield (2004), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), The Flintstones (1994).

So there you have it. Conclusive proof that you can never judge a film on the material it was adapted from. Unless we're talking about the impending Transformers: Dark of the Moon which we can all agree is going to be fucking shite.