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Bite me!

Two nights ago, I went to see Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events with damien_mocata and queen_phreak. I thought it was marvellous, with the real highlight being little Sunny.

But is it wrong for me still to be going round singing the 'Happy Little Elf' song???

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sir_didymus
Jan. 5th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
It could be worse, you could be singing the kinds of songs I have in my head......
strange_complex
Jan. 5th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
Such as???
sir_didymus
Jan. 7th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
I once had an SClub7 song trapped in my head for weeks, and weeks, and weeks - the torture.
venta
Jan. 5th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
Marvellous ? Hmm. I've been wondering if anyone else had seen it, and whether I could compare notes.

I thought it was nearly very good. Very pretty, very atmospheric in a Time-Burton-ish way. Some really nice bits. But I came out feeling an overall sense of disappointment, and that it wasn't as good as it could have been.

I can't work out why though, and it's bugging me.
venta
Jan. 5th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
Tim Burton, I mean, of course.
wimble
Jan. 5th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
Nah, Time Burton. It's something to do with the last pint of beer before (possibly after!) you get thrown out of the pub.

Partly, it was so very episodic, and felt more like 4 short films (intro & Olaf; Uncle Monty; Lachrymose Lake; and the marriage)strung together, with rather visible seams. Of course, that's because that was the underlying structure. Maybe it will work better on DVD, where you can watch it in episodes, and stop every 25 minutes to let is soak in :)
strange_complex
Jan. 5th, 2005 09:19 am (UTC)
Maybe it will work better on DVD, where you can watch it in episodes, and stop every 25 minutes to let it soak in

Uh-huh, which of course then prompts the thought that perhaps a lavishly-done TV series of all the books would actually have worked better. I even believe that 13 books are eventually planned, which is precisely the number of episodes in most US TV series.

Maybe, though, a TV series of the kind necessary to really pull this off just wouldn't be possible in the US, and an institution like the BBC is required to take on the task: I'm thinking of e.g. their adaptations of some of the Narnia Chronicles, or The Box of Delights.
strange_complex
Jan. 5th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
Yes, I don't mean 'marvellous' as in 'fantastically profound, artistically unparalled and the best thing I've seen all year (oh, hang on a minute...)'. More 'marvellously fun and entertaining'.

One problem may be that because it covers three books all with essentially the same plot, aspects of it were becoming repetitive by the third. I felt they handled this well by giving us the thread of the spy-glasses and eye-windows as an unresolved mystery to pull us onwards, but even so that could only take us so far.

I rather hope they don't try to make a sequel covering further books in the series, as, although I haven't read them, it looks like they must pretty much continue as before, and I think that really would be over-egging the pudding in the form of another film. As it is, it was neat, cute and rather delightful.
strange_complex
Jan. 5th, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
'Artistically unparalleled', of course I mean. Lost track of my Ls there, for a second...
battyblingtrash
Jan. 5th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
a bit random, but...
Probably...
I mean, its not something you're going to want to tell a psychologist is it? ;)

Then again, its probably not as wrong as being quite pleased when the Happy little elves appeared in the first place. not that I was. oh dear : /

Had the film not been so enjoyable, I would have been disappointed that I _didn't_ get to see a film about happy little elves...


captainlucy
Jan. 5th, 2005 10:00 am (UTC)
Re: a bit random, but...
I thoroughly enjoyed it when I went to see it. And yes, Sunny was possibly the best thing about it, being so incredibly expressive - and, more importantly, aptly expressive! So many movies get it wrong when the director just decides to put in "Baby Stock Scene #74D" because it might raise a laugh rather than actually sit well with the rest of the scene.

And, no, it's most definitely NOT wrong to be humming the Happy Little Elf song 2 days later. (Even if I am sure I heard the backing singers quote the not-very-child-friendly words "Bim-biddly, bum buggery". Or maybe it was just me and my filthy mind...)
;)
strange_complex
Jan. 5th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: a bit random, but...
"Bim-biddly, bum buggery".

I'm quite prepared to believe this!
damien_mocata
Jan. 5th, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
Re: a bit random, but...
Not as wrong as wanting to look like Count Olaf. Not that anyone we know would want that, of course.

*cough* *twitch*
strange_complex
Jan. 5th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
Re: a bit random, but...
Stick with Snape, is my advice: not balding!
battyblingtrash
Jan. 5th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
Re: a bit random, but...
>(Even if I am sure I heard the backing singers quote the not-very-child-friendly words "Bim-biddly, bum buggery". Or maybe it was just me and my filthy mind...)

and again, probably not something you're going to want to tell a professional...

tho' when you said...
>And, no, it's most definitely NOT wrong to be humming the Happy Little Elf song 2 days later


i read it as 'bumming the tune'.
you have warped my innocent mind too, thanks _very_ much... : /
damien_mocata
Jan. 5th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: a bit random, but...
Who knows how professional the professionals are, as a random question?

"Never trust an expert unless it is clear their expertise is paying off. "
damien_mocata
Jan. 5th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
Re: a bit random, but...
Well, seeing as the baldness will run in the family, I think it's worth doing whenever I actually start to get hair like that.

Though it's probably really sad that I read The Goblet Of Fire to try and find out exactly where the Dark Mark is on Snape's arm so I can get it in the same place....
strange_complex
Jan. 6th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
Re: a bit random, but...
Just a little, yes!
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