A few weeks ago, I reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 from the perspective of someone who hadn’t read the book and found the film confusing. A few days ago I reviewed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as a lover of the book who not only grew up with it but has read it aloud countless times to my children.
Despite my very different experiences of these two films and my very different relationships with their source material, my guiding principle in both cases is the same:
The filmmakers’ job is to make a good film that can be judged on its own. The book may be a useful point of comparison, but is not the standard by which the film is judged....READ MORE