I love the idea of movies that are made after books. I admit that most of the times I prefer the original written version, but I also had some very big surprises to watch films at least as good as the novels. Regardless which one I like best, I always want to test them both. This is why I decide to make a list of books to read before they will hit the big screen in 2019
1. The Aftermath
“The Aftermath” is written by Rhidian Brook and was published in 2013. The book is set in Hamburg in 1946. In the British Occupied Zone, Colonel Lewis Morgan has to oversee the rebuilding of the devastated city.
When he is given a house where he and his family should live in, he decides not to evict the former owners, a German widower, and his daughter. This is novel is a story about grief, passion, and betrayal.
The movie will have Keira Knightly and Alexander Skarsgard in the leading roles. It will be available in cinemas from March 1 and it has a 97% score of “Want to see” on Rotten Tomatoes. From the way the trailer looks like, it probably has a very big chance to be at least nominated at the Oscars. So buy the book and read while it is still available in the bookshops.
2. Where’d you go, Bernadette
“Where’d you go, Bernadette” is written by Maria Sample. The story is told by a young girl named Bee and it involves the disappearance of her mother Bernadette.
After noticing that her mom is missing, Bee starts her own investigation by gathering clues in the parent’s emails, invoices, and school memos. This is a funny and touching novel that will hit the big screens on March 22 and it will star Cate Blanchett in the role of Bernadette. It also has a 96% score of “Want to see” on Rotten Tomatoes, so you better read the book before everybody will start talking about it.
3. The Good Shepherd
“The Good Shepherd” is written by C.S. Forester. Its main character is Commander Krause, who is the captain of the US Navy Mahan-class destroyer in World War II. His mission is to protect an Atlantic convoy in the Battle of Atlantic.
Even though this is a fictional novel, it presents very vividly the struggles of the war fought in the open seas.
The movie, which will be available from March 22, will have a different name than the book. It will be called “Greyhound” and will star one of my favorite actors of all times, Tom Hanks. It has a 97% score of “Want to see” on Rotten Tomatoes, but unfortunately, it doesn’t have an official trailer yet.
4. The Best of Enemies
In “The Best of Enemies”, the writer Osha Gray Davidson tells the real story of C .P. Ellis from when he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. In that period, he met Ann Atwater, a single Afro-American mother, who was part of the civil rights fight. This story is about a friendship that defies all odds. Is about acceptance and cooperation.
The movie will be released on April 5 and it has the perfect 100% score of “Want to see” on Rotten Tomatoes. It will star last year’s Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson and by the looks of the trailer, these two might go home with a golden statue.
5. Pet Sematary
“Pet Sematary” is a novel written by Stephen King in 1983. In it, we meet the Creed family: Louis, Rachel, Ellie, George, and their cat. They move to an idyllic house near the small town of Ludlow, where they quickly become friends with their elderly neighbor Jud Crandall. The later soon takes the family for a walk in the forest behind their house and show them a place where the children of the town bury their dead animals.
I am not a very big King movies fan. I think that most of them are really bad compared to his books. However, “Pet Sematary” is really awaited. It has a 96% score of “Want to see” on Rotten Tomatoes. You will find it in the cinemas from April 5 and it will star Jason Clarke and John Lithgow, but until then you can watch the trailer below, and of course, read the original tale.
6. Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl is a series of eight fantasy books written by Eoin Colfer. The protagonist is as the title suggests, Artemis Fowl. He is twelve years old, a genius and a criminal mastermind. When he kidnaps a fairy to try and restore the family fortune, he finds himself dragged in dangerous events.
I love this kind of children stories and I hope that the movie will be a good one and not a disappointment as “Eragon” and “Seventh Son” were.
However, I am not the only one who already decided it will spend money on a cinema ticket on August 9, because it scored 95% points of “Want to see” on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. The Woman in the Window
“The Woman in the Window” is written by A.J. Finn and it has Anna Fox as the main character. She suffers from intense agoraphobia for which she is medicated.
When the Russell family moves across the street, she is convinced she sees how Mrs. Russell is stabbed to death from her window. The police tell her that what she saw were hallucinations due to the fact that she was mixing her pills with alcohol, but soon after this incident, strange things start happening to Anna.
The movie, of which Washington Post refers to it as the “next Gone Girl“, will be available on September 27 and will be a clash of titans when it comes to the actors who will play in it: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, and Julianne Moore. No wonder it has a perfect 100% score of “Want to see” on Rotten Tomatoes. Unfortunately, there is no trailer available yet but it has all the premises to be one of the best thrillers of the year.
There are probably very few people out there who don’t know who The Joker is. But just for the sake of it, I will say a few words about him. He is one of the most impressive supervillains that DC Comics ever created. His first appearance was in 1940 in the debut issue of the comic book Batman. From then until now, the character grew and became Batman’s archenemy, so it’s no wonder that The Joker now receives his standalone film.
Batman is my favorite superhero of all times, but unfortunately, I can’t say I appreciated any of the movies that DC made after the ending of “Dark Knight” series.
For the October 4 movie, Joaquin Phoenix puts the mask of The Joker on and he has very big shoes to fill after the impressive previous interpretations from Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto of the character. Along with him, we will also see the amazing Robert De Niro.
I hope that DC Comics will not disappoint all the people who already say they want to buy a cinema ticket (97% score of “Want to see” on Rotten Tomatoes) with this movie as they did with the last ones.
9. The Goldfinch 11 October 100%
“The Goldfinch” is written by Donna Tart. The main character is Theo Decker. He lost his mother at the age of 13 in a terrorist attack in which he was also involved. The only thing he had that reminded him of her was a painting. Because of it, he is drawn to art and this leads him to enter dangerous circles as an adult.
Even though “The Goldfinch” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2014, it received very mixed reviews from its readers. However, the movie, which will be released on October 11 and it will star Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort is very awaited (100% score of “Want to see” on Rotten Tomatoes). Unfortunately, there is no trailer available yet.
Can you add more to books to this list?