The Good= a well portrayed hero or “good guy”
The Bad= a well portrayed villain
The Ugly= a character in a film who failed to live up to his or her book counterpart
Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy: Ian McKellen really captures the essence of Gandalf in the films. He is stern and commanding, but you also get to see his sense of humour. Both sides of Gandalf are well represented and believable. He is exactly how I imagined him. The combination of excellent writing, directing and the talent of the actor himself all come together to bring to life a magnificent character, one I think Tolkien would be proud of. I can’t wait to see McKellen return to the role in The Hobbit!
Count Olaf from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Snicket’s books are always over the top and who is more over the top than Jim Carrey?! As Olaf he is the perfect amount of ridiculousness, gangliness and villainy. Carrey’s chameleon-like ability to become odd characters makes him an ideal Olaf given he masquerades as several other characters (Stephano and Captain Sham). My favourite scene with him is when he’s showing his house to the Baudelaire’s. “Malaaaaria!” always makes me laugh. As with every Jim Carrey film, I’m curious how many of his lines were scripted and how many were improvisation… (like the part about finding udders on a snake).
Professor Albus Dumbledore in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Ok, I get that Michael Gambon had some pretty large shoes to fill when he assumed the role of Professor Dumbledore after Richard Harris’ death. I do get that. And it’s not exactly fair to compare the two. But Harris’ portrayal in the first two films was so spot on with the image of Dumbledore in my head. And while I didn’t mind Gambon’s portrayal in The Prisoner of Azkaban, in The Goblet of Fire he stepped away somewhat from how Dumbledore would act. He was too excitable and angry, whereas Dumbledore is more of a “keep your emotions below the surface” kind of character. This is especially true in the scene where Harry’s name comes out of the goblet and he is being questioned about it. This Dumbledore is far too in Harry’s face.
“Popcorn and a Book” is a bi-weekly meme I host where I will compare one book with its adapted film, looking at the content, the way it has been visualized, the experience, etc. If you would like to participate in this meme, please visit the “Popcorn and a Book” main page for details.