TV Review: His Dark Materials (S1) | Deft and Skill in Book Adaptation

In 2007 I know watched The Golden Compass with Dakota Blue Richads (Skins), Nicole Kidman (Paddington, Railway, Sleep) & Daniel Craig (Spectre) – who in my mind was Hugh Jackman. I remember liking the film enough but at the same time I knew that there wouldn’t be a sequel.
This time around Enola Holmes‘ screenwriter Jack Thorne took Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materialtrilogy and turned into a series that seems to have spared no expanse to bring this colorful world to the screens. The first season is for as far as I’ve read the book – in both of my attempts – is an adaptation of The Golden Compass or Notherns Lights.”
The main cast of the show is huge and include many young and veteran actors. Logan‘s X-23 Dafne Keen stars alongside Kit Connor (Ready Player One), Ruth Wilson (Luther, Jane Eyre, Suite Française), James McAvoy (It, X-Men First Class), Lewin Lloyd (The Aeronauts, Judy), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Marry Poppins Return), Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme), Anne-Marie Duff (Sex Education, Sleep), Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain, The Borgias), Ariyon Bakare (Good Omens), Andrew Scott (Spectre, Sherlock, Fleabag), and Amir Wilson (The Letter for the King) to name a few.

Premise: In a world where all humans have animal companions called dæmons, which are manifestations of the human soul. A young girl, named Lyra, an orphan living with the scholars at Jordan College, Oxford, is destined to liberate her world from the grip of the Magisterium which represses people’s ties to magic and their animal spirits.

Review: The visuals are the first thing that anyone would notice watching this show, they are incredible. The sets and costumes are amazing, and the daemons in particular are very well realized. Even if the visual effects are not always perfect, these little imperfections give character, a visual identity to the show.

For someone who’s read the first book up to a point, the show has adapted it in an uncanny way. Both of my attempts at reading book one petered out around a quarter of the way through, which is the first two or three episodes. And yet I still recognized the first quarter of the world described in the book. Where I was interested but not enthralled with the book, I was captivated with the show. The world building is as rich – and a little confusing – as it is in the book but some of the inherent visual aspects of the story are on full display here and it helps. There’s a lot of background on the characters and Lyra’s world to cover but it’s done with deft and skill.
The mystery surrounding Lyra and her destiny, unfurls throughout the show as we learn more about her parents, the Gyptians, and the Magisterium. The story is given the space to breathe and grow without slowing or clogging up the show. They keep things interesting. There’s a whole aspect to the story that obviously came as a surprise to me, that said there were moments I could tell were not in the books and yet meshed with the spirit of it and served the story brilliantly. As exciting, tense, and adventurous the series gets, there are a few pacing issues that required my patience but in the end I was rewarded

The world building and its visuals may be stunning and help in captivating the viewers but the cast is not lagging behind. Whether it is with voice-over acting or on screen, the actors were great. I was amazed by how well the younger ones held their own and further impressed by the seasoned actors who made these characters real. Ruth Wilson is a scary b!%[$ but so delicious to watch, the same goes for Ariyon Bakare. The whle cast is A1.

His Dark Material first season is a great high fantasy with a deeper meaning under all those pretty visuals and good acting. And shout out to the VFX team who animated the Golden Monkey – he had range lol – so did all the daemons and bears.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

If you’re interested in the source material, it would be a huge help if you get it from the link below:

Victor Frankenstein | Trailer

Review: I didn’t need much to get interested in this movie, the cast was enough, but the trailer was a surprise for me. I expected the movie to be very dramatic and mellow but it looks fun, thrilling with elements of horror in it. It could have been a good summer blockbuster. The movie seems a lot better than what I expected. I’m excited to see it.

Spectre | Trailer 2

Reation: Wouah, I was blown away by the trailer. The movie looks amazing, there’s a lot of action and a dash of mystery in the trailer alone. The action scenes look impressive and

great. The trailer doesn’t give too much away about the storyline. It looks action pack and dramatic, I can’t wait to see it, what about you?

007 Spectre |

007 Spectre We’ve all grown up with this franchise but Ian Fleming’s characters haven’t lost their flavor overtime and after the sucess Skyfall had it made only sense that we’d get another one by Sam Mendes. 

If you’re familiar with the Bond film franchise or book series you’ll know that Spectre refers to the criminal organisation Bond villain Ernst Stravo Blofeld runned. James Bond already encountered this foe in six previous movie installments, from the early 60s to the early 80s, and the supervillain had been portrayed by four actors.

Knowing all this I could have worried that yet again another representation of Blofeld is to come but he’s such an iconic character that it might just work and then I look at the cast and relax.

The cast is full with talent actors such Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter), of course Daniel Craig and my personal favorite Ben Whishaw (Paddington). The newcomers are the add bonus of the bunch, Léa Seydoux (Inglorious Basterds), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Christopher Waltz (Django) and Monica Bellucci (Matrix) and we’ve got to see the Aston Martin DB10.

Are you excited about the movie?