2019-12-25 23:35:44 UTC
I'm watching the show in taped format as I loathe waiting for weekly installments on live TV.
Season 1 of HDM is book 1 of the trilogy. The Golden Compass is also book one but did not include the conclusion of the book as the mood becomes much darker and was thought to be a better match for the anticipated second film that never happened due to low box office in the US, Some people thought it was in part due the Catholic Church's influence as the books are seen as an attack on the RCC.
Probably not as there's not any direct mention of religion in the film.
As the TV series runs about eight hours against the film's 2 1/4 or so hours a good opportunity is given for a comparison of a film adaptation of a short book and script that closely follows the written word,
First episode's audience was 700,00 on HBO which was thought to be good ? Same audience in UK was over 9 million, Game of Thrones territory.
Though I'm only done with the first five episodes and have not seen Golden Compass in years I can still make some observations as my memory of TGC is based on three viewings.
Simply put the theater film wins on every count.
The TV version has that dreaded digital, no depth, cold look ( unlike GOT ), an acting style that is low key monotonous throughout.
TGC failed to get me into the film in its early parts but at least it had texture in its cinematography.
The cuts made in the film were judicious as the parallel world bits in the TV show don't work and were completely absent in the theater version without any loss.
In almost all cases the extended time spent in the TV show almost always comes over as filler, not of interest or value, which makes the whole idea of a metaphysical mystery seem a wispy, murky mumbo jumbo.
A unique aspect about the characters is everyone has an animal daemon ( spirit ) that is always close at hand. No real explanation was offered in the film or the TV show ( to this point ) as to why this should be, Without the animals I might not have stayed with the story at all. Love the bears that come in later in the script but the casting in the teleseries is hit and miss. Like the central character, Lara, but most other roles are not that well filled. How four Blacks were cast is beyond me,
There just isn't any snap, crackle and pop in the character exchanges, mostly it's just yak to forward the story. Worse yet although there's plenty of cgi work for the daemons there's but one of the oh wow ! or punchy moments that are in the film.
I expect the last three episodes to show a little better but up to this point, a story of children stripped of their daemons ( souls ) witches, animal counterparts of a person's personality, parallel worlds, armored bears and a showdown between Religion ( which is never examined in any detail ) and metaphysics is more dark in its on screen look than in any psychological context. Surprisingly imdb rating is over 8/10...for me who was expecting more 6/10 so far not so goods