2018 Top 3 Movie Adaptations of Best-Selling Novels by David Baer of Minnesota
When David Baer, a Minnesota Vikings fan, isn’t busy with work, he tries to catch the latest movies showing in theaters. It’s one of his three go-to stress relievers, besides watching games of his favorite teams, and reading books.
Some of the movies he was lucky enough catch were adaptations of his favorite books. On that note, David Baer of Minnesota shares his top three favorite book adaptations below. They are as follows:
His top pick is “12 Strong,” a movie based on the best selling non-fiction novel “Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan” by Doug Stanton. The book tells the true-to-life story of Special Forces soldiers sent to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to topple the Taliban stronghold. The mission put the lives of the soldiers at risk, with little hope of returning alive. But they did return alive, and victorious. All the soldiers named in the book were renamed in the film adaptation except for two key players: Col. John F. Mulholland and Lt. Col. Max Bowers. Chris Hemsworth’s character, Mitch Nelson, is actually Capt. Mark Nutsch in real life, shares David Baer of Minnesota. About 90% of the movie stayed true to the book. The US Special Forces became known as Horse Soldiers since they had to navigate the rough Afghan terrain on horses like the Afghan horse soldiers they were working alongside with.
Trivia: Rob Riggle, the actor who played Lt. Col. Max Bowers in the movie, is a former Marine who served in Afghanistan in 2001 under the real-life Lt. Col. Max Bowers.
The movie was released in January.
“Red Sparrow” is the first book in a trilogy written by ex-CIA agent and first-time novelist Jason Matthews. The book tells the story of a Russian ballerina in the Bolshoi who became a “Sparrow” (Russian agent trained to seduce foreign secret agents and civilians to obtain information). The main character Dominika Egorova was played by Jennifer Lawrence. The plot revolves around Dominika assigned to track down Nate Nash, a CIA agent. She eventually falls in love with him and agrees to work as a double agent. What follows is a string of thrilling events that will keep you on the edge of your seat. David Baer of Minnesota notes, however, that the movie has received mixed reviews. Some liked it; some did not.
It was released in February.
Crazy Rich Asians
“Crazy Rich Asians” is a book written by Kevin Kwan released in 2013. The book revolves around Rachel Chu, an NYU Economics professor and Nicholas (Nick) Young, likewise an NYU professor who is from an old-rich, traditional Chinese family. There were a few details from the book that the film altered but the overall them of the book as well as the most crucial details were adopted as accurately as possible, shares David Baer of Minnesota.
The film was released in August.
Other book adaptations that David looks forward to seeing before the year ends include “Boy Erased,” a memoir by Garrard Conley, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. Hansen, and “Mortal Engines” by Philip Reeve.