This holiday season, the big screen boasts a plethora of gorgeous book and theatre movie adaptations that will leave you awestruck, reeling for more, and comparing which version you loved better. From a boy befriending a tiger to a road trip with the Beat Generation, the season’s releases cater to every movie-going mood. Here’s a look at our favorites, and our take on who you should see them with!

Life of Pi

Life of Pi movie adaptation

Based on the novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi tells the story of a young castaway’s spiritual journey on the high seas with unexpected companions, including a Bengal tiger from the family zoo. The movie adaptation, rated PG,  is in theaters now and boasts an array of captivating imagery for the whole family. This is the perfect holiday movie to see with your loves ones, who will learn lessons of religion, art, adventure, faith, and discovery.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit movie adaptation

After much anticipation, part 1 of the prequel to the Lord of the Rings came to the big screen last weekend. In its opening weekend, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made $84.7 million, beating out Avatar for the December box office sales record.  The PG-13 movie, directed by Rings vet Peter Jackson,  is an adaptation of young Bilbo Baggins’ journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a lively group of dwarves. This is the perfect holiday movie to see with friends who are fans of the Rings trilogy and author J.R.R Tolkien’s literary masterpieces.


Les Misérables

Les Miserables theatre to movie adaptation

Les Mis is a beloved musical based on the novel by French poet and playwritght, Victor Hugo. This Christmas Day marks the movie adaption release, starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, a released prisoner who agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter Cosette, played by Anne Hathaway. The movie is rates PG-13 for “suggestive and sexual material, violence, and thematic elements,” and is best to see with fellow musical-lovers who admire historic works and beautifully-written, although tragic, stories.


On the Road

On the Road Jack Kerouac movie adaptation

On the Road is a 1950s novel by famous author, Jack Kerouac, based on his travels with friends across America. The movie-version has been released this season, adapting Kerouac’s story of a young writer traveling across the country, who is joined by a myriad of unique people along the way. The movie is rated R for “strong sexual content, drug use, and language” — fitting for a Beat Generation backdrop of jazz, poetry, longing, self-discovery, and experimentation. This is a good movie to see with grown-up members of the family who enjoy a healthy dose of literary greatness.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Perks is a coming-of-age story narrated by a shy and unpopular teenager by the alias of “Charlie,” who writes a series of letters to an anonymouse person. The book, written by novelist Stephen Chbosky, was released in movie-form in October, but  should still playing in theaters this holiday season. This is the perfect film to see with your young adult children who are in the midst of teenage firsts like falling in love, best friend conflicts, and fitting in.

Which adaptations are you itching to see this season? And if you’ve been to the theaters recently, how did they compare with their originals? 

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