Why can’t Hollywood use a good classic book and turn it into a movie without butchering the actual story of the novel?
I finally have my husband reading “The Classics.” Well, listening to them as audio books. It works for us. He’s becoming “cultured” and seems to be really enjoying it. He started out reading books that I had read and recommended and then he started branching out on his own. I’m so proud of him. And not only is he reading well written books, but I find we have more to talk about as he tells me the plots and describes characters. It’s been great!
I’m the type of person that I don’t want to see the movie if I haven’t read the book. So I read all of the Lord of the Ring series, and Harry Potter, Jane Austen, etc. before seeing the movies. So I had the thought that as my husband finished reading his books, I would find the videos (all versions) at the library and we could compare and contrast the movie with the books.
After he read The Three Musketeers I found the old silent, black and white version of the movie. I also found Disney’s version with Kiefer Sullivan and Charlie Sheen. The older version was much more true to the book than the Disney version. But what a lot of people don’t realize, or at least I didn’t, is that The Three Musketeers is a trilogy and each part of the trilogy is made up of “books.” One of the last books in the third part of the trilogy is called The Man in the Iron Mask. I was not aware of this, nor had I seen the movie back when it first came out with Leonardo DiCario. So I was all excited after my husband finished this part of the book so we could get the movie.
So back to the original grumpiness about Hollywood…
In my husband’s words, “This movie is such a terrible telling of the story. At least they got the setting of France right.”
We would watch the movie, then he’d pause it and explain to me why “Porthos would NEVER do that!” or why “That is SO wrong!” It made for quite an interesting evening of movie watching.
And my husband got such a look of disgust on his face when he saw I had started crying at the end when D’Artagnan dies. He said, “Don’t cry! He doesn’t die! He dies fighting in Holland!!”
After he calmed down I said, “What was that other movie that disgusted you so much when I cried at the end?”
“Oh yeah. But that was so sad!”
“It was BAD SCIENCE!! This movie was bad history, but that one was BAD SCIENCE!!” (He was so grumpy!)
So now I see that there is a remake of The Three Musketeers that came out in 2011. I’ll have to find it.
Maybe we can have a date night???