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A rainy sunday afternoons viewing.
on 26 July 2015
With all the negative reviews it only seemed fair to buy this when it was cheap. :)
I can see why it was a huge flop, but..... Let's stop there and view this at face value.
It's a complicated book and converting this into a 'family friendly' film under 2.5 hours is going struggle.
If anyone has seen The Golden Compass, or the early 80's film Dune might agree, there some things that just don't convert to films well, mainly because of the dilema of explaining 'plot' over keeping the film moving and entertaining.
I'd say give it a watch and see for yourself. Disney has done a good attempt trying to give the audience a watchable film, loosely understanding plot and big spectacle CG scenes. Yes, a few of scenes had you raising a puzzled eyebrow, but mainly because things were not explained well before another scene comes crashing in and takes over.
Some of the ideas are as 'out there' as some of the last 3 Starwars films - let's create the most bizarre creatures which means creating an even more strange scene to fit them in. But there is a story there, if complicated to follow, it has light hearted/funny moments throughout the film for family effect, so kids get the big CG scenes with big creatures and big explosions and the adults.., well, one adult in our house said "don't get this" and promptly went upstairs, while the rest of us stayed.. In a nutshell, that's it, some are going to love it (kids) as they dont really follow the films underlying story, whilst the adults will be split..
It's a rainy Sunday afternoon viewing...
So in short, the film could have been better, but you'd have to do a 'Lord of the Rings' 4 hour version making it slow and drawn out, and even then, people might still not get it.