I don’t remember how I came across this show except some trailer here and there but what made me want to watch it despite the gloomy atmosphere they projected was that it had three extremely well known actors, Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning of whom I was most eager to see Dakota. I have always loved her work as a child artist but rarely saw her work as an adult – think Twilight? But I wanted to see how she grew as an actor and boy did she not disappoint. I knew the story was about a serial killer fashioned like Jack the Ripper but wasn’t sure what to expect going in but having watched it I can assure you its one of the best series ever made. The setting, atmosphere and the acting are all top notch while the real winner is the screenplay and direction. It’s a must watch series. Check the review here.
I remember watching this movie in bits and pieces long ago on HBO but I was never interested as it looked cheesy, of course I get easily scared watching horror movies but the old one lacked heart. In the 90s there were quiet a few movies based on Stephen Kings books but none of them made an impact I guess except for Misery which I haven’t watched but I have always wanted to read some of his books. So when I saw the trailer for this movie I knew they had finally made a movie that justified King’s stories. This is one movie I don’t need to say much about. Every king fan would love it. For those new, check the review here.
To All The Boys I Have Loved Before
I wasn’t really interested in watching this for the longest time but if you look at something for long you are probably going to at least check it out and that’s what happened with me. After seeing it all over social media feed I decided to watch it on Netflix and I was pleasantly surprised. The characters, the story, and the execution was all fresh with minimal clichés. It was like a new age romance classic and thoroughly enjoyable. Check out the review here.
When I first saw the trailer for the movie, I was seriously intrigued. It looked so different and original. I thought how’s that possible? Haha. So when I googled it I Realized that it was based on a book. Once I read the blurb I was even more interested and had to read it. It was one of those books that I just could not start reading. I wasn’t disappointed. At least with the first part. It was eerie, atmospheric and completely new. Though the characters were weird but it’s all part of the book. So I finally watched the movie few months later and I was definitely impressed. It’s one of those movies that doesn’t require you to read the book to understand the plot and they made it completely their own taking the essence of the book. Check out the review here.
Crazy Rich Asians
This was a pleasantly surprising but enjoyable movie. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch it in the beginning since I felt it was over-hyped but I finally gave into my curiosity and was definitely glad I did. It’s almost a typical rom-com but with a fully Asian cast. With refreshing visuals and characters. It was also similar to Bollywood love stories purely based on how they executed the clichéd mother Vs daughter-in-law though it wasn’t annoying but funny. If you want a light hearted movie night this is the perfect choice. Check out review here.
Am slightly disappointed that I couldn’t find any series based on books other than The alienist (though there were plenty to check but I couldn’t access them) and waited till last week to catch up on something but alas it isn’t so but am thoroughly happy with this list for they truly deserve their spots here. There are still many movies/series that were adapted from books this year, notably the Fantastic Beasts 2 and You etc… but I never got around to watching them. What about you guys? Have you seen any of these top 5? What book to Movie/Series adaptation did you like this year? Give it a shoutout!
That’s all folks!