Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Pullman, the Movie
Went to see The Golden Compass on the weekend. I was very excited about going and anticipated a visual feast after the trailer, but must confess to being disappointed. Yes, it was beautifully produced with some gorgeous scenes, but the patchy all-over-the place nature of the story-line worked against the production values. There was a dreadful amount of exposition - always a sign of poor scripting and even worse direction - and far too many bald one-liners to keep the viewer up to scratch. When the umpteenth one was expressed I thought, "oh for godsake, we aren't that slow!" Is it the nature of the book or the movie-maker that makes this such a poor film? Difficult to know. Certainly Pullman's work involves more philosophy and intellectual breadth than Lord of the Rings, though both are of equal epic scope. Perhaps it simply couldn't be translated properly. Let's see how the second one goes.