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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-10-26 07:56
Subject: The Dark is Rising
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Oh! Oh, dearie me!

What did they do to this film? It's a 'collect six plot tokens and save the world' story, but the pacing is entirely wrong. The first plot coupon doesn't turn up for ages, and then they rattle through the rest at high speed, with no particular attention to their actual symbolic importance. Christopher Ecclestone, who is obviously auditioning to be the new Rutger Hauer, does some good work, but also has some rubbish portentous dialogue to utter. Ian McShane is paying his mortgage. And the rest are pretty forgettable, to be honest. Shoehorning American characters into it turns the story into a mess.

Avoid. Avoid especially if you liked the books.
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2007-10-26 08:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been ummming and ahhing about seeing this - based on other reviews that say what you've said - because of the cast and because I've not read the books in years. I take it that despite having a stack of actors I've always enjoyed watching it is still going to be dreadful :/
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-10-26 08:30 (UTC)
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a stack of actors I've always enjoyed watching

To be honest, I'd never heard of any of them except Ecclestone and McShane.

But there are plenty of decent films on right now (Ratatouille, Run Fatboy Run, Stardust), this is apparently a pretty unfaithful adaptation, and I'd expect Cooper to be writing it off to experience.
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Sion: mini-sparrow
User: sion_a
Date: 2007-10-26 10:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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Also avoid if you disliked the book, apparently.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-10-26 10:46 (UTC)
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Especially if you disliked the book so much you never actually read it
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User: sshi
Date: 2007-10-26 12:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:chopping heads off
I'm spending a lot of time with my fingers in my ears going la-la-la about this one, as Cooper's books were particular childhood favourites. Sounds like they were absolutely gutted.
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