I don’t normally consider myself a movie watcher, but over this Christmas break, which was just over three weeks long, I watched a metric heck ton of movies. Unsurprisingly, a huge chunk of these movies were related to books. If you haven’t read these books or seen the movies, check them out ASAP.
Wonder is the story of a young boy with a craniofacial deformity who faces new challenges as he goes to a real school for the first time. The book is by RJ Palacio and the movie stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson.
The Hours is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham (who is going to be my fiction writing professor this semester!) that follows three women separated by time by united by much more. The movie stars Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep.
The Circle is a book by Dave Eggers that explores technological innovation and the invasion of privacy by social media networks. The movie stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling is a new foray into the world we met through Harry Potter but is set in America in the 1920s and follows Newt Scamander on his adventures. The second movie will be coming out this November. The movie stars Eddie Redmayne.
Stronger is the story of Jeff Bauman, the man who lost both of his legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing and has since learned to walk again on prosthetics and become an inspiration for many. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal.
Hidden Figures is the story of three black women and their time at NASA as they become a part of history and fight to achieve more than their skin color might otherwise allow them. It’s an incredibly inspiring story and a must-see movie. The movie stars Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson, and Janelle Monae.
Mockingjay Part 2 is the final installment in the Hunger Games movie franchise and follows Katniss Everdeen as she attempts to be a face of the rebellion and determine what her life will be like going forward. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, and Liam Hemsworth.
Basic Instinct is a 90s movie that riffs on every psychological thriller/domestic noir suspense novel ever, and I loved it. The movie stars Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.
I like dog movies where the dog doesn’t die, so this movie really did it for me. I later learned it was also a book, so that’s fun! The movie features the voice talents of Michael J Fox, Sally Field, and Don Adler.
Movies I watched that did not have a clear book counterpart
Table 19, Birdman, The Big Sick, The Layover, Home Again, The Greatest Showman, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Okja