I was very excited to see on New Year’s Day a movie poster featuring Oprah as Mrs. Which in the film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult classic A Wrinkle in Time. Along with Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit and Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who — not to mention directed by Ava DuVernay — the movie looks like it’s very much going to do the book justice.
Film adaptations can, as we all know, be very contentious. It’s hard to bring a version of a novel to life that reimagines the essence visually while keeping what made it compelling in the first place. But when it hits, it really hits. This year, A Wrinkle in Time isn’t the only adaptation you’ll want to catch. Here are five others we’re stoked for…
The Film to Take Your Mother to See: Ophelia
Shakespeare adaptations are exactly the type of film to see with your mom when you’re home on vacation, and Claire McCarthy’s Ophelia looks like an adaptation you’ll enjoy too. Based on the Lisa Klein novel, the film centers around Hamlet’s Ophelia, the love interest of the tortured prince. It brings the female characters of the story to leading roles, tackling female identity and power dynamics.
For When You Need to Feel Things: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily Danforth’s novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells the story of 12-year-old Cameron Post, a girl living in small-town Montana who is sent to a “de-gaying” camp after her conservative aunt finds out she’s had a relationship with her best friend. In the film, Chloe Moretz will play Cameron and it will be directed by Iranian-American director Desiree Akhavan, who won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay in 2015 for Appropriate Behavior.
The Film to See With Your Family or Boyfriend: Red Sparrow
Red Sparrow was a book written by a former CIA operative, Jason Matthews, about a Russian intelligence operative trained to read someone’s emotions by a form of synesthesia. It was reviewed by the CIA (straight from the source, you guys) and Jennifer Lawrence plays the main character.
For when you need an escape on a weekday afternoon: Where’d You Go, Bernadette
I am PARTICULARLY excited about this one. I’ve not read this book but knowing that Richard Linklater is directing it and Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett are starring sounds very promising. “Everyone in this sparkling novel is wily, smart or even smarter,” writes the New York Times in its review of the story of a 15-year-old who has to track down her renowned, difficult architect mother.
For Saturday evening matinées with your friends: Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book Crazy Rich Asians demanded a film adaptation – its opulence, drama and soap opera-style cast of characters are going to make this movie a whole lot of fun. It also has an all-Asian cast led by Constance Wu, a rare thing to see in Hollywood and something we’ll hopefully see more of. Out August 2018, this will be the perfect juicy summer flick.