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Image In early September, a new film adaptation of one of the horror King Stephen King's most terrifying novels "It" was released. In the center of the plot - a group of teenagers who had to face an ancient evil that awakens every 27 years. Moving the huge two-volume book, teeming with scenes of child abuse and dismemberment, to the big screen, was supposed to be someone with the scale of Peter Jackson and the fantasy of David Cronenberg. Initially, one of the most promising directors of our time, Carey Fukunaga, was interested in the film adaptation, who presented us with the war drama Rootless Beasts. However, something went wrong, and Fukunaga dropped out of the project, and the film adaptation was handed over to Andres Muschetti, known for the horror movie Mama. After choosing a new director, and then the release of the long-suffering "Dark Tower", fans of the writer reasonably worried about the fate of the film.

Whether the creators of the new "It" succeeded in making a really good movie, it's up to you to judge. And we decided to compile a selection of the most interesting and memorable film adaptations of novels about children who fight monsters, defeat universal evil, save the world from disasters and even solve adult problems.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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This is the second adaptation of the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, this time with Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore in the lead roles. The first one was published in 1971 and was called “Vili Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. In the story, a boy from a poor family, Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), wins a ticket to a tour of the most unusual factory in the world, created by the most unusual man on Earth. Together with other children, Charlie goes to the estate of Willie Wonka (Johnny Depp). In the process, it becomes clear that Wonka is not only kind and naive, but also unusually cruel. Each of the children in the film is a kind of personification of one or another human vice, including greed, narcissism, gluttony. And only Charlie manages to prove to the owner of the chocolate factory that poverty is not a vice. The film turned out to be sincere and very sincere, reminding all of us of the core values of this world. The author also asks not to diminish the importance of a strong and loving family, especially for the younger generation prone to imitation and dependent on false idols.

"Lemony Snicket: 33 Misfortunes"

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This article focuses on the 2017 TV series, created and produced by Neil Patrick Harris. The film adaptation of 2004, due to its small timing, simply could not fit into a series of books by Daniel Handler. In the center of the plot are three children - Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hines) and Sunny Baudelaire (Presley Smith), who were left orphans after the mysterious death of their parents in a car accident. The vicious and merciless Earl Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) pursues the young Baudelaires everywhere in the hope of getting their huge inheritance. The Netflix series is the perfect example of how books should be filmed. Neil Patrick Harris's gorgeous acting, dark aesthetics, mind-blowing scenery and an unforgettable soundtrack immerse the viewer in Handler's violent and unpredictable world, just like 3D glasses and a VR headset. Besides,
Monster Voice

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This is a touching story of a boy, Connor (Lewis McDougall), going through a mental crisis against the background of his mother dying of cancer (Felicity Jones). Every night a huge monster of a yew tree that grows near his house comes to him. The monster tells stories designed to help Connor understand himself and solve the mountain of problems that have fallen so inappropriately on his shoulders. The film is based on the novel "Voice of the Monster" by Patrick Ness. Worth mentioning are the watercolor animations and atmospheric special effects that help viewers experience Connor's condition at its deepest level. However, this is not all. "Voice of the Monster" is filled with the smallest details that are ideally woven into the world of a child going through an existential crisis. The result is a very heartfelt picture, created more for adults than for children.

"Coraline in the Land of Nightmares"

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It is a puppet animated film based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman. In the center of the plot is a girl named Coraline Jones, who finds herself in an alternate universe, hidden behind a secret door. In the new world, the girl's mother is no longer so busy, and her father devotes much more time to her. However, everything is not as good as it seems at first glance. The main motto of the picture is "Fear your desires." In addition to the original and memorable characters, "Coraline" is filled with dark grotesque and surrealism, which are not so often found in modern cartoons. Coraline is really scary, making your body hair stand on end and your heart beat faster. This picture can be called a dark version of "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wizard of Oz".

"Where the monsters live"

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An adult film adaptation of a children's book by the cult American writer Maurice Sendak. The main character is a boy named Max (Max Records), shackled by his own anger, rage and anger towards the whole world. First of all - for your family. One fine day, he runs away from home and ends up on a miraculous island inhabited by the most real monsters. For his own salvation, Max has to become the king of all monsters. The director of the film Spike Jones, trying on the image of a child psychologist, dissects the soul of a child who is not capable of socialization. “Where Monsters Live” is a story of growing up and self-discovery of a child who is struggling with internal conflicts. Having materialized all his problems, Max tries to make friends with them, find a common language, take control and even win. At the level of visual language, this is a beautiful, melancholy metaphor, at the film language level, this is an adult conversation about finding oneself.

Pan's Labyrinth

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Fantasy drama by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, based on the works of Arthur Machen. In the center of the plot is a girl named Ophelia (Ivana Bakero), who lives in two worlds at once - real and magical. The first world is Spain against the backdrop of a flaring war, and the second is a dark kingdom full of mysteries and terrible creatures. The mysterious faun invites Ophelia to go through three tests to become a princess and stay in the magical world forever. Del Toro has made a very personal and multi-layered film about the moral choice between good and evil. Each viewer is given a chance to see Pan's Labyrinth in their own way. Someone will focus on parallelism, another will delve into psychologism, the third will begin to revel in gloomy aesthetics. In any case, the picture will not let go until the very final credits,
Endless Story

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In the early 1980s, Warner Bros. decided to film the book of the German writer Michael Ende "The Endless Story". As a result, only the first half of the book appeared on the big screen, the events of which were somewhat distorted, which caused a storm of indignation from the author. However, even in such a stripped-down version, the film has not lost its artistic value. The main character, a ten-year-old boy named Bastian (Barrett Oliver), accidentally finds a book with a mysterious sign on the cover in a bookstore. Having opened it, Bastian finds himself in the land of Fantasy and becomes an unwitting participant in the struggle against the nightmarish Nothing, generated by unfulfilled childhood dreams. Together with the main character of the book Atreya (Noah Hathaway), Bastian tries to save Fantasy from destruction. Endless Story is a timeless story, erases the age boundaries between an adult and a child. This film encourages us to be better, to think wider and not to forget that there is always a little room for a fairy tale in life.

"Stay with me"

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A dramatic film by Rob Reiner based on Stephen King's novel The Body, starring River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. In the center of the plot are four teenage friends who go in search of the corpse of their peer, hidden somewhere in the forest. The action of the book, as in "It", takes place in the mid-50s. However, unlike the “Loser Club”, these guys will not face a terrible monster, they will have to face their own fears and share the most honest. "Stay with Me" is a film about friendship, about the problems of choice, about the period when adulthood has not yet come, and childhood has already gone beyond the threshold. This is a picture of a time when we were good. With a light movement, Reiner opens the world of his heroes to us, making us part of their modest company. The film awakens one of the most pleasant and at the same time the most difficult feelings, which is commonly called nostalgia.

"Mysterious Events"

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One of the most popular TV shows of the past year literally quotes the works of Stephen King. A particularly attentive fan of the King of Horrors will find references to It, Stay With Me, Dreamcatcher, Carrie, and Eyes Fire. Mysterious Events is set in the mid-80s in a small provincial town. A boy named Will (Noah Schnapp) disappears one night under very mysterious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder), older brother (Charlie Heaton) and three best friends (Finn Wolfard, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo) are trying to figure out what really happened. Against the background of these events, an unexpected guest appears in the city - a bald girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who is being hunted by a team of special agents. Initially, the creators of the Duffer Brothers series wanted to make a new film adaptation of "It" however Warner Bros. did not provide them with such an opportunity, taking the more promising Fukunaga into the project, and then replacing him with Muschetti. Then the streaming service Netflix took in aspiring filmmakers. Big fans of horror and science fiction Matt and Ross Duffers decided to combine everything they love in one series.

The Topic of Article: Lost childhood.
Author: Jake Pinkman


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