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11:57 pm: saw Northern LightsThe Golden Compass this evening with doseybat. i was a bit concerned that the film came off more a collection of incidents than a coherent story, but doseybat (who has not read the book) managed to follow it ok apparently.

it was a pretty loyal adaption, with elisions rather than alterations (the bear duel and the rescue were swapped in order being the biggest i noticed). with a large-cast book this means you get lots of minor walkon parts with no depth. not sure this is a good thing.

i think they tried to fit too much story into a 2-hour film. the bears were particularly ill-served with the stuff about bears only being trickable if they are behaving like humans excised completely (hence ragnar/iofur's downall and iorek's shame), and i don't think gandalf made a good iorek. i did not much like the way the alethiometer was handled, either, with it apparently presenting visions rather than Lyra working to figure its language out.

i like the bit at the end where Lyra notes that they are "bringing him what he needs". oh indeed you are, Lyra.

this book could withstand this treatment. but i do not want to see a version of The Subtle Knife made like this.



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Date:December 15th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
That sparkly swirly effect they had, each time Lyra flipped open the alethiometer was beginning to bug me seriously by about the 7th or 8th time.
Date:December 15th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
A bit like the latter Harry Potter books where the sheer size reduced the adults in the last one to walk on parts.
I think I would have trusted a French director with it more even if it had subtitles as a result. But at least they wouldn't be compromised by trying to cater for a pseudo religious element
Considering that they are turning the Narnia books into films , imagine what they would make of the last book. All that dodgy false idol stuff , lack of any real action and feeble religious stuff could only lead to a complete free for all on the plot
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