Updated: Sep 22
Due to the COVID-19 situation, I thought instead of reviewing a book today, I would review three streamable movies that are based on classic stories. This way, you and your family will be able to watch these movies easily from your couch and get your fill of "reading" while the libraries are closed. After the crisis, if you like what you watch, you might even want to read the books that the movies tried to reflect!
Below I have chosen three movies which are based off of books and can can easily be found on the Disney + channel.
Movie "Thumb Rating" Key:
👍🏻👍🏻 - Definitely captures the book, watch it NOW!
👍🏻👎🏻 - Similar to the book, but still enjoyable 👎🏻👎🏻 - Better off reading the book...
The Chronicles of Narnia : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
This is a classic story that has been beloved by kids and adults since it was written in 1949. Both the original book by C.S. Lewis and the movie by Disney are exciting examples of fantasy put into action. I think what makes this fantasy stand out from all the others is that it was written by a christian theologian and he inner-mixed some of his personality and religion into the overall morals. Each moral has something you can learn and apply to your own life by diving into the story.
Before I saw the movie, I had already read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the rest of the Narnia series. When I watched the movie version, I noticed almost everything was the same like the dialogue of the characters, the story line, and the conclusion. I really enjoyed in particular Aslan's character because the movie portrayed him exactly how I imagined him - with a soft, golden mane, kind eyes, and a calming voice.
There were a few changes made in the movie which I did notice and thought were important to the story line. The first difference I noticed was that the villain in the story, the White Witch, had a costume that differs from the novel. For instance, in the book, she is described as having red lips but in the movie, she has white ones. I feel the red lips are important to the story because she gets them from something important she does in the first book of the Narnia Chronicles. She also is described in the book as having a golden crown and wand, however, in the movie, her crown is made of ice and her wand is silver.
Even with these changes, I thought this movie did a great job with book and would be fun for the whole family to watch.
* If you are a fan of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" - CLICK HERE to check out my thoughts on a classic C.S. Lewis quote from the book.
Because of Winn - Dixie
This is an amazing novel that has been adored by kids of all ages since March 2000, which is when it was made. Both the book by Kate DiCamillo and the movie now on Disney+ are amazing examples of how just words on a page can make you feel fuzzy inside or move you to tears. I think that the reason why this newly, classic, fiction book stands out from all of the others is I've seen classmates shed tears by reading this piece of literature, and I've felt surprisingly joyful by moving my eyes over the text.
Before I saw the movie, my reading teacher had my fourth grade class read "Because of Winn - Dixie" as a school project. I loved the novel and how it made me and my friends feel a roller coaster of emotions so I was happy to see the movie made me feel exactly the same. I saw that everything was the shown similarly such as as the characters, setting, and the costumes. I really enjoyed how in the movie, the dog, Winn - Dixie, looks so kind and gentle, and I loved how they made him "smile".
Surprisingly, when I examined the two, I wasn't able to see any mistakes at all. So when I compare the book to the movie, I think it's safe to say they nailed it all the way down to a "t".
* To see my full book review blog on "Because of Winn - Dixie" and how many stars I gave it ... CLICK HERE!
The adventurous novel "Treasure Island" has been considered a favorite book by many adults ever since it was written in 1883. Both Robert Louis Stevenson's famous book and the movie by Disney are adventure-packed stories that you'll want to visit again.
I watched the movie just recently with my past blog in mind and thought the film portrayed the novel amazingly even though it was made in 1950. I especially liked the intricacy of Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins' costumes. I also adored the realistic qualities of all of the characters' personalities.
Similar to "Winn - Dixie", I couldn't find any differences between the book and the movie when I compared the two, so I would say the movie was a big success!
* To see my thoughts on this book, CLICK HERE to view my full "Treasure Island" blog!
Rating : 👍🏻👍🏻
For my first movie review post, I chose some movies that aren't perfect to the novels they represent, but these come pretty close. I would encourage everyone to watch any of these movies especially if you've read the book!
Let me know in the comments if you have a like a movie that's based off of a classic.