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Both the movie and video gaming industries provide entertainment to the masses and also double up as mediums of escapism. It was but natural that both these mammoth industries would start collaborating in projects to use each ‘others advantages’ for their own benefit. This is exactly what has happened with the release of movies based on games – Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat, Prince of Persia – and, similarly, game adaptations of movies – Iron Man, The Chronicles of Riddick, Transformers.

However not all is well on the adaptation front, be it games to movies or movies to games.

On the games to movies front, many a fan of the games franchises have been complaining about the reinvention – sometimes partial, other times a complete overhaul – of the game universe. And it doesn’t’t help when atrocious acting and even more unrelated plots and dialogues are added to concoct a perfect ‘failure’ of a movie. Anyone remember the BloodRayne movies? The answer should be a resounding NO. Reason being that the film industry couldn’t have possibly managed to botch up a movie any worse, even if they had tried their very best. Another ‘fine’ example would be “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” movie, which turned out to be such a disaster of a movie that after just seeing the trailer, many people concluded that the actual film would be an ‘epic failure’. In keeping with the traditions of the game to movie adaptations genre, the movie failed both critically and at the box office.

To rub the proverbial salt into the wound, movie to game adaptations have not fared any better. All game developers wish for more money and time in trying to develop a ‘perfect’ game. Even under the most favorable conditions, developers have to work with limited resources and a limited timeframe. To make matters worse, when a movie to game adaptation is released, in an effort to maximize earnings across the consumer spectrum, the game is generally released concurrently with the movie. This results in shorter time frames for the games to be developed and the end result is mostly a game equivalent of the ‘BloodRayne’ movie – in other words just appalling.

However not all is lost, not yet anyway. Some movie to game adaptations like the The Chronicles of Riddick and the Goldeneye 007 games were rather successful. Among the game to movie adaptations, titles which have done COMPARABLY better than their counterparts are Prince of Persia and even Resident Evil (first movie only).

Iron Man – The Game

With major game franchises like Halo, Gears of War set to come to th
e silver screen in the near future, one hopes that the film industry learns its lessons and makes amends in trying to get the best out of the game to movie genre. The same goes for the video gaming industry in their ongoing attempts at repackaging movies into successful games.

What do you think is wrong with how the movie to game adaptation and game to movie adaptation genres are being developed? Which movies would you like made into games? Which games would you like made into movies?

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Whether u r marveling at the friendly neighborhood Spiderman swinging across buildings or Batman racing across town in his batmobile, these superheroes, before being turned into money churning box office successes, had humble beginnings in a comic book.

While the movie industry has been taking ideas from the comic industry (remember the 1st ever superman movie?..), for some time, the pace of adapting comic stories to the big screen has been given a real impetus in recent times with the success of many a comic to movie title: The Hulk, Iron Man, Spiderman, Fantastic 4, X-Men are but a few of the successful comic to movie franchises and stand as a testament to the creativity and dynamism of the comic industry. The merger of the static comic medium with the dynamic movie segment has allowed both industries to reap the rewards – comic fans would become loyal movie fans whereas folks who saw a comic-movie for the first will be tempted to pick up the comic and check out the background story and characters represented in the movie.

However rosy this picture is, there are a few, noteworthy. imperfections as well. There are times when, for many a reason, a comic turned movie might not work at all (The Spirit anyone ?). . Not only does the movie remake turn out to be a flop by itself(because of a combination of bad scripting, atrocious acting, sub standard visual effects …..), there is the issue of  the movies sometimes adhering to a completely different storyline than the original comic. While this might add to the overall “freshness” of the story, it doesn’t take all that much for the new ‘story’ to turn stale.

A good example would be the upcoming “Priest” movie. Having read the manhwa (term for Korean comics. FYI Manga is the term for Japanese comics), and having thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the artwork, and stroyline, I was totally psyched when rumors of a movie adaptation started doing the rounds. Alas, the enthusiasm all but vanished when I saw the trailer. The manhwa, by Hyung Min-woo, dealt with a supernatural theme involving angels and demons and the timeline while mostly set in the wild west also features the medieval times (crusades) and modern times. The movie, directed by Scott Stewart, on the other hand, despite laying claim to the same comic Title, is set in the future and is based on the fight between humans and vampires. ………

Despite these setbacks, the collaboration between the film and comic industry is bound to grow. However, I am of the opinion that turning the comics into animated movies instead of actual movies might help resolve many of the problems inherent in converting a comic into a movie.

What are you thoughts on the comic to movie transformation?

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This is one movie that I think everyone has liked and disliked. And the confusion is that, everybody liked and disliked different things about the movie. When I was done watching it, I felt something. Something that was extremely indescribable. So I went online to see if anyone else was able to untangle the mess of emotions that one encounters at the end of this movie. After sifting through a variety of reviews, I came across this one on rhythmmoviejhatkas. I instantly connected when I read this:

Some films can bring about a change; a revolution too (case in point Aamir Khan’s earlier Rang De Basanti) but Dhobi Ghat is not that film. It is a film that will affect you, more so if you are a Bombayite (Mumbaikar, if you prefer!) The characters in this film are believable, not like those just handpicked out of one’s cloud of imagination and put onto the drawing board.

And that is exactly how I felt! I really suggest that you read the entire review, coz not only is it well written, but one of the most well thought out reviews of the movie that I have come across. After staying in Mumbai for about 7 months, I think I’ve pretty much become a Mumbaikar (or Bombayite as Runcil put it). And this well-made film appealed to my sensibility as a Mumbaikar. Each and every character is extremely believable and what’s more, the script has been written in a way that you empathize with all of them, even when they’re being “bad”.

But is it a good film? Is it an awesome film? Will it bring about any change in the way movies are made in Bollywood? Would WE like to see more of such films in Bollywood? Well that’s the discussion I wish to throw open here.. Let’s talk art cinema!

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Who wouldn’t want to see their favourite stories and their favourite characters come to life? We all would. We all do! That’s one reason why we eagerly wait for movie adaptations of good, successful books. To feel once again what we felt when we read the book, or maybe feel even better, and to be able to relive and re-love the book by means of a more tangible medium.

From just a written mode to an audio-visual mode, we expect a miracle to unfold before us on the big screen. And maybe the expectations are justified given the cinematic advancements in technology, expertise, skills and ideas. It is seldom though that the movie lives up to the book, or should I say, lives up to our visual interpretation of the book.

“When you read a book, you make your own movie and that is why movies do not live upto the books” said New Yorker Sorab Wadia who staged the one-man presentation of ‘The Kite Runner’ at the Literature live 2010 at Mumbai. I could see everyone’s head slowly nodding and their smiles getting wider and it became evident that what he’d said resounded with everyone’s sensibilities. I reflected upon his words and realised they were so simple and so true; when we read a book, we visualise the story and all its details which includes the characters, the locations, the sounds, just about every little intricacy our minds can conceive. It is natural then that we would like our movie over the movie. There is a lot that goes into translation of books to movies. The director has to be able to present to the viewers’ something that comes close to the movie they created in their minds.

So next time you go in to watch a movie adaption of a book you loved. Expect brilliance but know that there is no tool more brilliant in imagination that your mind.

 


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