Another link to the Onion? What is this, Friday? Yes. Their print list of “5 good books made into not-so-good movies” is expanded to 20 online. With YouTube links. If you haven’t seen the film version of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slapstick, you’re in for a…what’s the opposite of treat? From “Lost In Translation: 20 Good Books Made Into Not-So-Good Movies,” by Donna Bowman, Jason Heller, Josh Modell, Noel Murray, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias:
3. Bicentennial Man (1999)
Isaac Asimov’s original novella – later expanded into a novel – subtly examines what it means to be human, by telling the story of a robot with a mechanical brain so advanced that he begins to develop emotion and creativity. But big Hollywood movies don’t do subtle well, especially not with Chris Columbus directing and Robin Williams starring. Columbus and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan pour on the schmaltz, while Williams bats his eyes innocently and pats little children’s heads. Meanwhile, moments that are supposed to involve deep ruminations about man and machine become impassive stare-downs, accompanied by 101 Strings. Here’s a tip: If you want to know what it means to be human, don’t ask the creators of Mrs. Doubtfire.