5 movies (based on books) that I’m excited about right now:

It’s Sight to Behold’s monthiversary today, and it has officially outlived all of the diaries I’ve ever tried to keep (by a lot)! Woohoo!

I’ve only been able to watch 2 of the movies from my list (X-Men: First Class and Little Dorrit- done and done!), but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is coming out in less than two weeks, Jane Eyre should be out on DVD sometime in August, and I’ll just have to wait till September to watch Anonymous. So, instead of learning my lesson and talking about movies that are actually coming out in the near future, I’m going to pick a bunch of movies that aren’t coming out anytime soon- 2 of them are coming out in 2012!  But here’s a list of the 5 book-based movies I’m most excited about right now.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2- Ok, I’m cheating a little on this one because it was on my other list, but I’ve read the book and I’m  excited to see it, so I decided that it counts. The first part was so good I can’t wait to see how they top it in this one. Plus it’ll be a great dollar-theater movie to go to with a bunch of people once I’m back at Covenant. It’ll be out in 10 days, and I’m totally planning on going on opening night. (I’ve always wanted to go to a movie’s opening night, but I’ve never actually done it yet.)
  2. The Hobbit- I absolutely  adored this book the first time I read it (I think it was in 4th or 5th grade for school), so I decided to re-read it since the movie’s coming out and everything. It’s so much better than I remember, and I might just have to re-read The Lord of the Rings now. It’s crazy good.  Plus they’re bringing back all the actors from LOTR; Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee… everybody. Martin Freeman looks like he’ll be a good Bilbo and from what I’ve heard Richard Armitage makes a pretty good Thorin Oakenshield. I think it’s a little weird they’re adding a character (a Mirkwood elf named Tauriel) but it’s Peter Jackson, so I’m sure it’ll make sense when I see it.
  3. The Hunger Games- I meant to save this for the ride to VA Beach but I got carried away and finished it before we even left. Whoops. This book is really addictive, and I loved the Greek-myth-influence (thank you classical education). Since I’m all excited about the book (hopefully I’ll get to read the sequel soon…) I’m really excited about the movie too, but unfortunately it comes out in 2012. So now I have to be patient. I think it’ll be interesting to see how they play the Katniss/Peeta relationship, because that seems like it’d be super tricky to get right.
  4. The Three Musketeers- I actually hated this book when I read it because D’Artagnan is a jerk of epic proportions. Seriously, I can’t stand it. But this movie looks absolutely nothing like the book, so in this case I’m really happy. In the trailer it almost had a sci-fi feel, with all the ship/hot air balloon hybrids and Milla Jovovich as a ninja-assassin (not really) Lady de Winter. Plus it has Luke Evans (Bard from The Hobbit) and Matthew Macfadyen (Little Dorrit) in it, and Orlando Bloom looks like he’s having way too much fun hamming it up as one of the villains (but it looks like it’ll be pretty hilarious- he even has an earring!).  It should at least be entertaining, and it already looks better than the original novel.
  5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy- I haven’t read the original John le Carre novel, but the trailer looks really interesting and I’ve kind of been on a spy movie bender lately. Plus when I was watching the trailer I was like, Hey it’s Gary Oldman! And Tom Hardy! And Colin Firth! And Mark Strong! So I’ll definitely have to read the book and then see the movie.