What are the cases of movie being better than the book other than Coraline and Women in Dunes?
I'd argue that Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby is better than the novel since it takes out unnecessary details and just gets right down to the meat of it.
Saying that, I did enjoy The Great Gatsby and despite what neigh sayers on /lit/ suggest, I'd argue it's at least worthy of a reading if you didn't read it in school.
lost and delirious (wives of bath)
although I prefer the books ending where the tranny loses her shit and wears the janitors dick running around showing it off to everyones horror. and how mouse faps watching her friend getting fucked up against a tree while the tranny loses her shit completely and spirals into madness bcuz no dick.
I thought the film was good, but it was the savory details that made Gatsby such a wonderful novel. The prose is incredible and emphasizes the themes throughout. You just can't get that into a movie adaptation.
I couldn't disagree with the Solaris bit any more than I do. The film eviscerates almost everything that the book was about and the only compensation is some good cinematography (while being average or even sub-par for Tarkovksy). Even the aesthetic of the film is seriously hampered by the god awful effects and the over reliance on the artistic achevments of others, i.e. Bach and Bruegel.
Gatsby is not a subtle novel (that's why they study it in high schools), but Luhrmann managed to make things even less subtle. For example, when Daisy says she's never seen such beautiful shirts, they preface it with Nick in voiceover saying she couldn't say the words about the 5 years missed, so she said that instead. Shameless spoonfeeding.
I feel the same way. Everything I have read by him has been garbage except for Sandman. although I read that as a teenager. Not sure what I would think of it if I were to reread it.
To say he relies on Bruegel is overstating things, might be able to argue it for The Mirror, but not Solaris. Haven't read the book, but the film still has a strong message/themes while being masterfully done. The atmosphere is top notch. I agree it's one of his weaker films, but only because his filmography is so strong. It gets shit on entirely too much because people identify with Stalker much more, and they can tell it's a much more personal film than Solaris was for Tarkovsky.
I have recently watched this movie. I had no idea that it was made after a book. Now, that I know it exists, I would be curious to read it, but you are telling me that the movie is better, so I'm confused.