I’m Your Number One Fan: The Five Best Adaptations of Stephen King Novels
I have always been a fan of Stephen King. Always. I’ve loved his books and everything he’s ever written. And thus, once a new film adaptation of one of his books is announced, I have nothing but excitement and caution for what I will see. Usually I like them, they’re often okay, sometimes mediocre and occasionally crap. So… I’ve decided to count down the my Top Five favourite King book big-screen adaptations.
Take a big guess at number one!
When I think Kathy Bates, I think Annie Wilkes, don’t you? Well, I’m glad you didn’t say that when you think of her, you think of The Blind Side. That would’ve been sad. Nevertheless, her performance in Misery alongside James Caan is excellent and helps to make it a chilling thriller.
Brian De Palma succeeds triumphantly in bringing King’s first ever novel to the screen. Sissy Spacek stars strikingly as the lead, in a terrifyingly silent performance that nonetheless chills (particularly her frightening glare). Excellent.
THREE: The Shining
Visually stunning and almost completely flawless in skilful storytelling, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s third novel is amazing and beautiful, like oh so many of both Kubrick and King’s (who have the same initials) work. I’m a sucker for films about gradual descents into madness due to alcoholism (wink-wink, The Lost Weekend) and this is certainly no exception.
TWO: The Green Mile
Frank Darabont’s hugely successful follow-up to 1994′s video-rental phenomenon The Shawshank Redemption almost matches it in greatness. This time, he uses the second greatest actor-narrator after Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks. Though there’s not a whole lot of narration in this, we can really feel that it’s Hanks’s character’s movie. A triumph in filmmaking and a simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking classic.
ONE: The Shawshank Redemption
Yes, we all knew this was coming. But let’s face it, it is the best. Freeman’s timeless narration (much more notable in March of the Penguins) never ceases to amaze, just as the great friendship chemistry between the two friends does. From the amazing helicopter shot of the prison to the unforgettable shot as the Warden rips the poster off the wall, the film is filled with spectacular moments. Easily the best prison film ever made, and a testament to the power of hope.
Posted on February 13, 2011, in Movies and tagged Adaptations of Stephen King novels, Brian De Palma, Carrie, Frank Darabont, horror movies, James Caan, Kathy Bates, Misery, movies, novels, Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.