I'm finding myself increasingly welcoming of loose adaptations. One of the complaints I find most annoying when people complain about movies is "It was changed too much from the book. They didn't include *this* or *that*, so it just wasn't any good." Loyalty to the book should NEVER be the main criteria for film critique. The challenge of film adaptation is to produce a work that can stand on its own, separate from the book it came from.
I hadn't really considered that before. I've often been one of those people that say "Oh, the movie was so dumb! They changed this or left out that" but hadn't ever considered that maybe the movie benefitted from such an omission or addition.
But today I watched this:
And found it to be very much improved from this:
When I read the book I thought the boy was much too naive, his mother was a brainless hussy, and the characters in general were not very believable or deep. But with the changes made in the movie version my experience was completely changed. Interesting. I definitely recommend the film.
What book/movie adaptations are among your favorites?