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Earthsea but not as we know it,
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If you love Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea books this film is unlikely to be for you. Goro Miyazaki doesn't seem to understand the ethos of Le Guin's imaginary world. Ged, so lively and intriguing in the original Earthsea trilogy, is introduced in his pontifical-old-geezer persona of the later stories and doesn't "do" anything except apologise! Cob is quite scary but in the film is just another bad-guy wizard, not bearing much resemblance to the original creation. The important concepts of "true names" and the nature of dragons is just muddled.
Nice scenery, moderate animation, rubbish characterisation. Read the books!
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2008 12:26:19 GMT
Not even the scenery...
Posted on 17 Sep 2011 10:05:46 BDT
K. Grunwald says:
It beats me why people keep on comparing movies to books. They are utterly different media and never ever has a movie based on a book translated well so why oh why do you expect them to be the same???
Also the movies always say" Based on" which means NOT the same.
The review is supposed to be about the film NOT how it relates to the book.
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