The literary adaptations to the big screen continue this week with the 1990s …
For the record – Roald Dahl’s characters attempted a take over of theaters for the decade. We were alright with it.
1990: The Witches “Witches work only with magic!” – Miss Eva Ernst I couldn’t have said it better myself. If you love Roald Dahl you’ve probably already caught this adaptation. Although I made this a must see for my kiddos I have to admit there is still a tiny part deep down inside of me that gets a little scared that the witches could show up and turn me into a mouse (I guess lucky I’m not a little kid anymore, not so likely now).
1991: Fried Green Tomatoes – to be honest I still haven’t read the book, but I absolutely loved Kathy Bates in this one. And, as an adult that is still trying to have someone clarify what middle aged looks like in this decade, I appreciate her so very very much more now. “Face it girls. I’m older and have more insurance.”
1992: Of Mice and Men – sure, we all make Bugs Bunny and Elmira jokes with regards to this tale, but if you’ve read the book I can guess that your eyes have teared up a tiny bit just looking at that title. “There ain’t many guys travel around together. I don’t know why. Maybe everybody in the whole damn world’s scared of each other.”
1993: The Joy Luck Club, while it has not necessarily received the most positive feedback with regards to accuracy of Chinese immigrants, the movie (much like the book) hits some powerful emotional chords. “I like being tragic, Ma. I learned it from you.” in this one line from Rose the entire theme of mother-daughter relationships becomes clear.
1994: Shawshank Redemption “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” – For as long as I can remember Morgan Freeman is the person who says the thing that you most need to hear, it’s just that this is one of those times that he got it a bit wrong. Leave it to Stephen King to weave a story that even once it made it the screen could trip you up if you aren’t paying attention.
1995: Pride and Prejudice – well, one of the versions of the movie came out in 1995 (and pretty close to every year since 1938). Between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy – and Colin Firth plays a positively perfect Mr. Darcy – well, need I say more? “It behooves us all, to take very careful thought before pronouncing an adverse judgment on any of our fellow men.”
1996: This was a very good year for book adaptations (and a very spectacularly good year for Roald Dahl’s books). Though perhaps one that (at least at the time) made every high school student breathe a sigh of relief was Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet – the modern imagining gave 9th graders everywhere a more clear understanding of Shakespeare than Kenneth Brannagh had managed (surely, not for lack of trying). “The world is not thy friend, nor the world’s law.” – Well, we all know Romeo was not known for his optimistic outlook.
1997: “A Borrower is quiet, conscientious, and inconspicuous. We don’t steal; we borrow.” I feel silly, I did not realize that The Borrowers came from a book – always excited when I make these lists and add a new book to my to be read pile.
1998: I think maybe I have gushed about Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic perhaps at least once, and the movie adaptation that does a pretty great job of capturing the Owens women on screen. “Sometimes I feel like there’s a hole inside of me, an emptiness that at times seems to burn. I think if you lifted my heart to your ear, you could probably hear the ocean.” You and me both Sally Owens.
1999: Fight Club created some havoc right at the end of the decade. Strange, given that the Y2K panic was just around the corner. Ummm … “The first rule of fight club is that you do not talk about fight club.” Well, I guess if it’s already broken it’s not like we can un-break it, right? “This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.”
I feel like there are so many more movies that could be listed here, and some pretty awesome quotes, but I’ll let you all be the judge.