Reviews (and everything else in general) may be quiet over here, but the Thursday Movie Picks is going strong. This is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, in which she gives a theme per week and we are to list three movies we associate with the theme. This week’s theme: movies adapted from YA novels. It doesn’t come to a surprise that there is an influx of these movies, especially since potential franchises want to fill in the hole that the Harry Potter series has left. Some are successes and others are failures, but these YA adaptations would not be going away any time soon. Here are my picks this week:
A lot of YA adaptations were released last year, and I’ve only chosen to see three of those movies, with The Fault in Our Stars being a favorite of mine. Penned by John Green, it tells a story of two people who find love despite their personal battles. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort portrayed their characters well, though I think it’s my love for the novel that’s weighing my love for the adaptation. Laura Dern (she played the mom) stood out for me in this movie, making her performance one of my favorites of the year.
This is a movie where I both liked and got annoyed with Anne Hathaway. In The Princess Diaries, she plays a normal girl who suddenly finds out she’s a princess. I don’t remember much from the first book (it does deviate a bit, but doesn’t diminish the movie), but the adaptation had its charm. So I was really annoyed when they got rid of Michael (I love how the succeeding books make a reference to this. Also, Mia + Michael forever) for the sequel.
As it is with YA adaptations whose source material I didn’t peruse beforehand, I was iffy with watching The Maze Runner as the slew of YA movies have been mostly disappointing that year. Instead, it emerged victorious from the group as it got generally good reviews and I decided to go watch it. I wasn’t disappointed, the maze looked simple yet complicated at the same time, and I’m definitely going to watch the sequel. The movie stood as a preview to the world that it was starting to construct, and I’m interested to see more from the franchise.