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Day 207 of 365
Went and saw The Simpsons Movie premier tonight. I might be a bit biased being a fan of the show, but this movie was great. Now I don’t rank it up there with Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix or Transformers, but all in all a great movie. There were one or two slower parts, but overall it was one laugh after another. It was nice to see Fox allow itself to be made fun of (as is typical of the show) and there were a few bits that related back to the series, but most was fresh and new and not just regurgitated bits from the show. I highly recommend this to everyone (even more so if you are a fan)!
Day 335 of 365
There was an early screening of The Golden Compass tonight so we decided to go. I have to say, after reading the book, the movie was a big disappointment. I’m not saying it is a bad movie, but if you’ve read, and love, the books, this is not the movie for you. I know people are going to go anyway and I’m not trying to stop you, but you might want to think about waiting for the DVD release.
Right off the bat in the first two minutes of the movie they changed things. Now I totally understand that certain allowances have to be made in order to fit a book into a movie format and I can live with that. What consistently amazes me is that the makers of the film could read this book and then accept the script that was filmed. Events were out of sequence, certain events weren’t given the importance they should have been given and the compass itself, well, it didn’t really play as key a role as it should have. Then there is the fact that they killed the ending. I’ve never before, even with cheesy films, seen a more blatant set up for a sequel. Then they didn’t even reach the end of the book.
There were some good points though. That big battle scene was well done and the witches and their flight sequences were well done too. The casting was almost spot on, although I was disappointed with Asriel’s character. Whereas most of the characters were close to how I pictured them and well acted, Asriel wasn’t even close.
As a book to film adaptation, this one doesn’t rank high on my list. If all book to film adaptations were bad I’d be content, but with films like The Andromeda Strain, To Kill A Mockingbird and The Trilogy Of The Rings setting the standard, this one really didn’t live up to the book the way those did.
I was really looking forward to this one, but now that I’ve seen it I feel a bit let down.