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Icon 1 posted October 31, 2007 17:48      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've started to see trailers for the film adaptation of Northern Lights (that's The Golden Compass in the USA). I'm getting pretty excited. Is anyone else a Pullman fan?

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It sounds like they've had some trouble with the directors, but it has New Line Cinema (LOTR etc.) behind it, so I'm hopeful that it won't go too far wrong. Seems like Pullman is pretty happy with how it's going. The cast looks pretty good so far as well.

It's scheduled to be released on December 5th. Anyone else planning to see it? Does anyone plan to avoid it for fear of spoiling their vision of the story?

EDIT: Oh, and what do people think about the religious significance? Do you think it will be toned down for the film? I hadn't drawn the parallels between His Dark Materials and The Chronicles of Narnia until I looked it up on Wikipedia. Pretty interesting stuff.

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I am half way through reading the Dark Materials Trilogy for the second time, this time as my 10 year old youngest son’s bedtime story, and I am if anything enjoying it even more than the first time. It is a truly great book, and one of the few contemporary works that I am certain will last, and look as great in a hundred years time as it does now. By contrast rereading the Lord of the Rings was very disappointing, the book I had loved when I read it at about 14 or so now seems to me insufferably twee, sentimental, and badly written.

I am looking forward to the upcoming film with mixed feelings, because the books have already painted themselves on my imagination so vividly. I am sure that this big budget film will look marvellous, but am doubtful that it could ever feel as real as the books. I am also dubious about the casting of Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter, partly because she just does not have enough mystery about her, partly because I am not a great fan of her screen acting (to me you can always see the wheels turning in her performances), and lastly because my imagination has always painted Mrs Coulter as dark haired! Most of the other casting looks OK, but I wonder whether a CGI armoured bear can convey that otherness, the constant undercurrent of danger and atavistic savagery that is there in the book’s portrait. Even with as open a mind as possible, films of books you truly love nearly always disappoint, because you have already got your own stored in your head before you see it. Still I will probably go to see it and will be delighted if I'm proved wrong.

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Icon 1 posted November 02, 2007 18:13      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by Callipygous:
...but I wonder whether a CGI armoured bear can convey that otherness, the constant undercurrent of danger and atavistic savagery that is there in the book’s portrait.

That'll be very interesting to see. But if they manage to pull it off, it could be very impressive.

I'm not sure how I imagined Mrs Coulter. I think she had fair hair in my mind. However, I do think Nicole Kidman does a good job in that Nintendo DS advert. [Big Grin]

If this is successful, I'll be very interested to see how they handle The Subtle Knife. Looking at the trailer, the first film will all have the airy-fairy glowy fantasy look. I think the parts of the second film that are set in this world could be contrastingly 'gritty'. You'd be able to tell straight away that Lyra (and Lord Boreal and Mrs. Coulter) didn't fit in over here and Will didn't fit in over there.

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So I just got back from seeing it (at an awesome digital cinema at Leicester Square... way cool).

I was a bit disappointed. It seemed like they were packing too much into a short space of time. There are characters you'd simply like to see more of. Plus... <spoiler>it ends too soon! It ends before they go to see Asriel</spoiler>.

It really does mess up the film a bit for me, but I imagine they might release a special "extended" version like they did with LOTR. If they did that, I would have few complaints, because the rest of the film is great. The adult characters seem perfect (including Mrs Coulter), and the special effects are pretty close to flawless. Iorek and the other bears aren't bad, and the daemons are all pretty cool.

Of course, it doesn't live up to the book. Which is bad, because having seen LOTR I almost hoped it might. I still hope they make the second and third films.

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