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His Dark Materials - BBC/HBO (late 2019)

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29 minutes ago, NOMAAA said:

didnt this movie flop big time.

The movie did, yes.

But come on, BBC/HBO get the benefit of the doubt here.  

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The screeners who got the first 4 episodes are loving it. God I hated the movie so much 

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First episode was amazing. McAvoy was incredible as expected. Coulter's casting seems brilliant. Lyra also seems very well cast. Cinematography is brilliant of course and it seems they are committed to exploring the themes in the ways that made the books good in the first place. Hype.

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First episode felt clunky and the acting was a little awkward. This feels like a "Oh shit! We gotta find something to replace Game of Thrones." To be fair, I felt the same way about GoT after the first few episodes. Is this one of those shows where it only makes sense at first if you read the books? Probably gonna have to have a bookfags vs. illiterati thread if this show takes off.

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Good first episode. The main three characters were close to perfect casting. Evil duck lips is great in everything.

Still baffled over casting Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, who's supposed to be a young, tough Texan (the movie screwed that up too, with a 63 year old Sam Elliott).

Andrew Scott, Helen McCrory and James Cosmo should also be great.

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Have not read the books or seen the movie but enjoyed the first episode of the show. Interested to see how good of an actress the Wolverine clone will be with more talking. So far she seems to be fine but that was more of a setup episode.

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39 minutes ago, PilotsError said:

What was in that trailer that was supposed to get me interested?

The one in the OP was a short teaser. This is the full trailer.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, MissingInAction said:

Can a bookfag explain to me what the deal is with the familiars/daemons? They gave a brief explanation at the beginning but I still dont get it. 

Dæmons are the external physical manifestation of a person's 'inner-self' that takes the form of an animal. Dæmons have human intelligence, are capable of human speech—regardless of the form they take—and usually behave as though they are independent of their humans. Pre-pubescent children's dæmons can change form voluntarily, almost instantaneously, to become any creature, real or imaginary. During their adolescence a person's dæmon undergoes "settling", an event in which that person's dæmon permanently and involuntarily assumes the form of the animal which the person most resembles in character. Dæmons are usually of the opposite sex to their human, though same-sex dæmons do exist.

Although dæmons mimic the appearance and behaviour of the animals they resemble perfectly, dæmons are not true animals, and humans, other dæmons, and true animals are able to distinguish them on sight. The faculty or quality that makes this possible is not explained in the books, but it is demonstrated extensively, and is reliable enough to allow humans to distinguish a bird-shaped dæmon within a flock of birds in flight.

Dæmons frequently interact with each other in ways that mirror the behaviour of their humans, such as fighting one another when their humans are fighting, or nuzzling one another when their humans embrace, and such contact between dæmons is unremarkable. However, human contact with another individual's dæmon is taboo.

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4 hours ago, StruggleBus said:

I’m here for the BBC and the dark materials

Giggity 

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Came to ask about lyra’s daemon changing animals but read the above. 
 

but in a fight with another daemon, why wouldn’t it change into something fierce to win the fight?

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It is keeping me entertained for now. Not the greatest but good enough for me to keep watching, especially with most of my shows in off season.

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1 hour ago, hayden_horn said:

what do yall think, is it appropriate for 11 and 12 year olds?

I think it would be fine. But I let my 4 year old watch Jurassic Park because he likes dinosaurs and that's the best dinosaur movie. My wife freaked out. So I'm probably not the best judge of that stuff.

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2 hours ago, irishtexan said:

Anybody watching this? It's..... OK. Fine. Not amazing. Not terrible. What say you?

This is how I feel about it. 

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20 minutes ago, irishtexan said:

I think it would be fine. But I let my 4 year old watch Jurassic Park because he likes dinosaurs and that's the best dinosaur movie. My wife freaked out. So I'm probably not the best judge of that stuff.

well, they have seen band of brothers and stranger things, so i ain't the best judge myself. 

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45 minutes ago, ChickenSandwich said:

way better than the movie

A steaming turd is better than that movie. 

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It's geared more towards children than I expected, and with that in mind it's fine but also held back. I don't know anything about the source material, but I feel like a reworked adult series in this world would be better. 

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Seems like Lin Manuel was a poor casting choice. Other than that, we are enjoying well enough. 
 

I think it is purposely a PG-13 in the later Harry Potter/Star Wars vein as far as letting kids see it.  

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I loved the books, was indifferent to the movie.  I'm enjoying this so far and my kids are really digging it (12yo girl, 10yo boy) so it's good family movie time.  My girl who is a bigtime reader now wants to read the books, so that's a positive thing as well.

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That was a way more true ending of book 1 than the movie. Movie people pussied out. 

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On 12/11/2019 at 7:27 PM, bamachine said:

It should be fine. Been no nudity and very little, if any bad language. Most of the violence is just implied.

Out.

 

Half joking, but after 3 eps or so this show just doesn't take

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I decided to give this a go.  I dunno man, two episodes in.

 

There may be a reason this kind of stuff isn't in my wheelhouse.

Edited by TwiceHorn

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