December09

The Lord of the Golden Rider Named Eragon Potter from Narnia

The Golden Compass is the latest overly formulaic fantasy story to be HollywoodisedOkay, I'm officially done with all of the by-the-numbers fantasy movies that are out there. Ever since Harry Potter burst onto the scene, there have been way too many stories written and/or adapted into movies for my taste. I want to say that I'm tired of the whole "chosen one" analogy that most follow – but I can't because that theme is prevalent nearly everywhere you look. No, I'm tired of the formula that exists in this recent trend in fantasy movies:

I know I've just broken down nearly every great sci-fi/fantasy movie out there, but I need a break from all of the crap that's out there right now (we saw The Golden Compass the other night... while fun, I wasn't too impressed).

Let's do a little bit of originality check and muck the formula sometimes, please.

+ original post date: December 9, 2007 12:43 PM
+ categories: All About Seth, Movies, Work

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sounds like you need a little "Book of Secrets" to cure what ails you ;)

+ author: parc
+ posted: December 9, 2007 01:51 PM

don't care what you say, the polar bear fight was worth it and i bet you were surprised with how that ended. if you were not then you read the book and that makes you a loser.

+ author: Thomas
+ posted: December 9, 2007 06:15 PM

My jaw was on the floor. And from what I understand, the books are MUCH better.

+ author: Seth
+ posted: December 9, 2007 07:26 PM

Arghhh... of course the books are better. Almost without fail, the book is better than the movie. Feel free to fill me in on exceptions.

+ author: sjmanley
+ posted: December 9, 2007 10:13 PM

the audience actually cheered when we went. also how can you not like a movie series that will end in the death of god?

and as far as better movies than books. lord of the rings. have you ever tried to read those things?

+ author: Thomas
+ posted: December 11, 2007 09:25 AM

Isnít Star Wars your favorite movie?

* Unknowing child is chosen one:
Luke Skywalker

* Said child sometimes has an object, or skill, that will help them on their quest (maybe both):
Lightsaber and the force

* Antagonist either can't find child, doesn't know how to defeat them, or needs them to fulfill their evil plans:
Darth Vader wants son to join him

* Chosen one can't do it on their own, needs help from unlikely sources:
A space pirate (Han) and his sister (Leia)

* Chosen one tries to go it on their own:
Trip to Dagobah.

* It is proclaimed that you can't trust anyone, so everyone is a suspect:
Lando Calrissian

* To defeat the enemy, chosen one must remember a subtle clue from the first of the story or wait for enemy to defeat themselves due to extreme greed and over-confidence:
When Vader throws the emperor over the rail due to his over-confidence in his influence

+ author: Joe
+ posted: December 13, 2007 08:15 AM

Oh Joe... yes, Star Wars is one of my favoritest movie series ever. But the formula was fine then because it was still newish (not really). But now, 30 years later... let's be more creative.

+ author: seth
+ posted: December 13, 2007 08:41 AM

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