We all know that once a production company decides to make a live-action adaptation of a story, it can either go really well, or really terribly. Let’s just agree that some stories are better told through the magic of animation. However, some adaptations have surpassed their expectations, and here’s a few of them…
‘The Jungle Book’ (2016)
This was one of the first major live-action remakes of a Disney film, especially considering a majority of the characters are not human and would require a serious attention to detail. Despite concerns for production quality, this film out-performed what anyone was expecting. The storyline stayed close to the original tale and you can’t help feeling nostalgic watching it.
‘Robin Hood’ (2018)
The newest adaptation of ‘Robin Hood’ is action packed and exciting. Filled with themes of rebellion, revenge, and justice, this film will keep you on the edge of your seat and eyes glued to the screen. This film sways away from the original tale, while still upholding its heart. As the Sheriff declares a soldier dead when they are sent to war in order to reclaim their property and wealth, Robin Hood and his Mentor, Yahya, decide to take it back. Piece by piece.
‘The Legend of Tarzan’ (2016)
‘The Legend of Tarzan’ takes a darker approach to an originally light-hearted tale. Based in the years after the events of the original story, Tarzan, now going by the name ‘John’, and his wife Jane are asked to return to the Congo to investigate some suspicious activity. Jane is taken hostage, and the film follows Tarzan’s efforts through the Congo to get her back. This film is more appealing to older audiences as the story itself reminds us of childhood, but the film takes on larger themes.
‘Mirror Mirror’ (2012)
‘Mirror Mirror’ is based off the fairytale of ‘Snow White’, but includes its own twists and creative liberties. This fantasy comedy is an enjoyable watch filled with satisfying aesthetics and well-timed humour. ‘Mirror Mirror’ is made to be enjoyed by the whole family, with witty themes, surprising action, and seven dwarves who are happy to house a beautiful young lady.
‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ (2017)
While this is not quite a live-action production off an original film, it is an adaptation of an old folk-tale that we are very familiar with. Delved from the legend of Excalibur and its claiming of the true King, this version of the story does not disappoint. Modern movie style coupled with spots of well-placed one-liners make this action-adventure film irresistible.
Thankfully, due to the horrendous online bullying that the production company received in response to its interpretation of Sonic, by the time it was released to the public it was satisfyingly accurate. The much-loved video game character that made its first appearance in 1991 deserved a heart-felt and action-packed tribute, and in the end, that’s what it got. The film is funny and fast-paced, perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
This film was made for fantasy lovers. The CGI is incredible and immerses the audience into a beautiful and fantastical world. As a villain-orientated film, we get a deep insight into the background of one of the most infamous villains; Maleficent. We empathise with her and resent the kingdom, making us fall in love with the character we grew up to hate. This is a film surrounding love and compassion as well as revenge.
‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010)
It is no secret that Johnny Depp is talented at giving crazy characters even more depth. This version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is dark and wonderful, not quite what we were expecting considering the original tale, but just as psychedelic in nature. The characters we know from childhood are given a new depth and ‘aged’ look that makes us feel as if they have grown up alongside us.
‘Alita: Battle Angel’
While many who have seen the film may not know this, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is based off a Manga series by the name of Gunnm. This film follows science fiction and cyber punk aesthetics with a huge emphasis on the seclusion between the rich and the poor. ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is action-packed and surrounds themes of friendship, betrayal, and trust, and for any sci-fi fans out there, this is an excellent watch.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017)
This live-action adaptation was beautifully crafted and theatrical, bringing more life to a childhood favourite. Disney-lovers especially fell in love with this film. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is filled with magic and love, the live action version of this tale only enhancing the feelings. This is perfect for a family watch or someone interested in watching a film with a feeling of nostalgia.