Married to the Empire

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Everyone has their Scorpion King

Years ago, Ruf dragged me to the movie theater to see The Scorpion King. It was positively dreadful. We both walked out of the theater shaking our heads over how bad it was, and I ribbed him about it for years.

Ruf has now informed me that tonight, I had my Scorpion King moment.

I've been wanting to see The Seeker: The Dark is Rising. I read the book, and it was fantastic. Just the right amount of mystery, fantasy, action, and adventure. I had high hopes for the film version, especially as The Dallas Morning News gave it a favorable review.

The movie was awful.

The film borrows the basic premise from the book (boy discovers he is an Old One and must seek 6 signs to keep the Dark at bay), but that's all. The movie was so completely different as to be unrecognizable as the same story. And it threw in a ridiculous twin-kidnapped-as-a-baby thing where at the end, the boys are reunited. Dumb doesn't even begin to describe that particular plot twist.

At the end of the movie, I started laughing rather pathetically. Ruf laughed with me, then turned and said, "I guess everyone has their Scorpion King."

Indeed.

2 comments:

Beth said...

We homeschool, and my oldest son loved this book series. Knowing the movie was coming out, I decided to lead the homeschool book group and have the kids read the book, then see the movie together. Well, I have to agree with you. It was a terrible disappointment. Although it sparked a lively discussion among the kids of how books and movies can be so different. That long lost twin part was pathetic.

Ann said...

Awwww, I was going to go see it, but it sounds like I should read the book instead :)

Eric took the boys to see it, which he really regrets because it gave them quite a scare.

I might still see it though, but read the book too. I love to compare books with their movies.