The Golden Compass. (and movie adaptations of good books)

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  1. onehandbh

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    Just saw the THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Man, was I diissappointed.
    First of all, the PG rating severely crippled it. The casting was pretty
    good, the effects were good, but the screenplay just missed the
    essence and spirit of the book. The changes that Chris Weitz
    (screenwriter & director) took the liberty to change were all to the
    detriment to the final product IMO.

    The relationships of the character to each other, to events, etc.
    just weren't developed enough in the first act.

    Felt like I was watching a movie on a DVD where it's broken up into
    5 minute blocks but I only get to watch the first minute of each block
    and am forced to continually skipped ahead.

    I am probably being a little hard on the film but only because I liked
    the book and thought it could have been a great movie. Sort of like
    LOTR.

    What are some good movie adaptations that people like?

    GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS was good.
     
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    What did you think of the visual effects? My friend was one of the coordinators!
     
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    The visual effects were great. I liked the giant bears. btw, do you know
    why the snow storm (which was in the book) at the end was omitted?
     
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    Glengarry Glenn Ross was a play. Plays are easier to adapt into movies.

    Invariably book/comic book adaptations into movies WILL ALMOST DISSAPOINT there are always some changes and often a lot of changes. You have too look at them as 2 seperate things.

    SIN CITY was pretty much dead on. But there aren't many that get that close.
     
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    Yes. GLENGARRY was a play.

    Are plays easier to adapt? Perhaps, but no guarantees...
    PROOF, is a great play. PROOF the movie?
    Not so great. (even thought it had Anthony Hopkins)
     
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    Oh Geez, I saw Beowolf last night and it was absolutely terrible. Even seeing Angelina Jolie almost nude (well, an animated Angelina Jolie...) was not worth it. You've got Jolie, Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins in a movie and it's terrible ? Something is very wrong....
     
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    Amazing adaptation from an amazing book: No Country For Old Men.

    The most intense movie I think I've ever seen.
     
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    If you don't mind me adding remakes to the list, I'd like to nominate the remake of "Planet of the Apes" as the worst I've seen.
     
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    Anyone who saw commercials - even 5 seconds of them - for beowulf, should have immediately known it was going to be a giant stinking pile of turd.
     
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    Oh no I loved the book!and was so excited when the movie came out!:( I haven't seen it yet,but I hope I will like it.But I don't blame them,it was a very difficult book to make a movie of.
     
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