mainecoon76: (eagle of the ninth)
I promise I’ll be back to Holmes with my next post, but now I’ve started this, I’m at least going to say a few words about the film I’ve anticipated for over a year, and took considerable pains to watch.

Just in case you're interested, which you probably aren't, here are my comments. And yes, they contain spoilers for book and movie. )
mainecoon76: (eagle of the ninth)
This is looking very bad.

I've been watching rottentomatoes ever since the film was released and the reviews aren't enthusiastic, to put it mildly. I'll watch it anyway, but I'm beginning to prepare for a disaster.

I'm not going to bore my f-list with my lengthy ramble about a film I haven't seen yet and they may not even be interested in, but in the unlikely event that someone wants to read it, it's here. Rambling makes me feel slightly better. Not much, though. )
mainecoon76: (eagle of the ninth)
OK, now I’m straying from my established pattern of only storing my (Holmes/Watson) fiction over here… But I’m really excited, and have been for a few months (but it’s getting worse), because one of my all-time favourite books has been made into a film and is going to be released on March 3rd. Over here, that is, meaning somewhat earlier in the US.

It’s a Roman epic set in Britain and the film is just called “The Eagle”, but is based on a 1950s novel called “The Eagle of the Ninth” by Rosemary Sutcliff. The novel was originally intended for younger audiences, and I must have read it ten to fifteen times in my teen years, because it contained everything my romantic teenage girl’s heart desired: Lovable heroes, adventure, drama, an interesting historic background, a politically correct message, vivid descriptions of wild and romantic landscapes, and generally a beautiful narrative style. All in PG. :)

Oh yes, there’s a bit of romance too, but only on the side. The main relationship is one between two young men (which didn't bother me even back then ;) ), and judging from the trailer they’ve changed that significantly in the film. I’m reserving my judgment for later; I just hope they haven’t f*cked it up messed too much with it. Please, no.


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