Friday, December 7, 2007

It's an alethiometer..it's a golden compass...

Several months ago, I heard about the His Dark Materials series on the internets being compared to Harry Potter. Having just read the Harry Potter series for the first time, I was naturally seeking out something similarly fulfilling much like Whitney Houston seeking out her next fix...

So I get a recommendation for this trilogy via MX and found all three books at my college's library. Well, actually it's a bit more complicated than that, there were a lot of complications with actually getting The Golden Compass because it was on the reserved list..I had to check it out every two days for like two weeks (because I read at a 3rd grade level or something)...

So, long story short, I read most of the series and absolutely love it (even more so than Harry Potter) and then I hear that movie version of The Golden Compass is coming out...

My honey bunches of oats and I went to the midnight showing and were slightly confuzzled by much of the choices, including changing the order of events and cutting out the actual ending. Also, the pacing was ridiculous and everything felt really flat. Iorek's lines were really cheesy and unnecessary. My favorite, though, was that they had to say the word golden compass every time the word alethiometer was used, just to remind us that the title of the movie was not pulled out of someone's ass...

Actually, that sounds like a pretty harsh review, a lot of things were really cool. I just wish they made it a little longer to allow for a bit more character interaction and development. All of the events were over way too quickly...

In other news, this is my hell weekend at college. I'm not going to list all of the things I have to do, but just know that it's a whole lot, and I'm probably going to be tired, emaciated, and unshaven by the end. Once it's over, everything will be okay, but I'll be a cranky-mun for the next few days...

The end...

-Matt

3 comments:

meloogal said...

what the crap, matt.

what the crap.

i ain't nobody's bunch of oats

also,

"you want to....ride...me...?" - Iorek Byrnison

Mrs. Who said...

The movie was probably confusing because they tried to tone down the atheistic emphasis of the novels, so that the Christian audience would still see the movie. Movies rarely match the books, anyway.

WyzWmn© said...

you show promise grasshopper

good post for a self proclaimed "beginner"

"alethiometer"
"alethiometer"
"alethiometer"

I likeed the books better too.