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GAME OF THRONES pilot, quick thoughts

April 19th, 2011 (10:38 pm)
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Well, it's sure blue. The effect isn't as consistently bad as I'd feared, in part because the producers ramp it up at moments of tension. The closing part of the pre-credits sequence was so murky it was hard to make out. Most of the scenes in Winterfell weren't terribly obtrusive, though I would have liked the show's aesthetic much better without them. Call me old-fashioned; I like colors,I like being able to see what's going on in the shot, and most of the color correction aesthetic we see today makes me think of action movies I'm not supposed to take very seriously. Except the pilot is slow and building up characters because it wants us to take them very seriously. I'm not feeling it so far, with a few exceptions.

The credits sequence is GREAT in terms of visual interest and information conveyed, but still annoying because the coloring and tilt-shift gets in the way of the awesomeness. (More the coloring than the tilt-shift.) Jon Snow doesn't set me on fire -- I understand the production need to age the kids, particularly Daenerys, up, but aging kids a few years really changes the dynamics in a lot of places, and other than Daenerys (in whose case I'm quite grateful), there's no character whose dynamic is changed by aging them up as much as Jon Snow. Going to the Wall and having your illusions destroyed at seventeen is rough; going to the Wall and having your illusions destroyed at fourteen is *catastrophic.*

I was really happy to see Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, though. I've been a huge fan of Dinklage ever since THE STATION AGENT, and he's every bit as wonderful as I'd expected, and he's *different* from what I expected. It's great.

I'm looking forward to seeing Littlefinger, and finding out what the actor's like. I always cast Littlefinger as the young Claude Rains.

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Posted by: Andrian (andrian6)
Posted at: April 19th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)

Littlefinger is played by the man who became Mayor of Baltimore in The Wire. That's telling, for me.

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Posted by: nyghtertale (nyghtertale)
Posted at: April 19th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)

Don't know if you've seen the movie barcode site, but it's a nice visualization of a movie's color scheme. For certain movies, you can even pinpoint events based on the shift in colors (assuming they use more than one color).

Posted by: Sara LaKali (sara_lakali)
Posted at: April 20th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)

I haven't read the source material so I have no expectations. I just wish it wasn't produced by HBO. I'd rather not have that much nudity and sex in my fantasy movies. Actually, I'd rather not have any nudity and sex in my fantasy movies.

Posted by: Sage Autumn (sageautumn)
Posted at: April 20th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)

I don't mind the sex... I don't even really mind the nudity, except that it just seemed kinda "there" to me. Scantily clad would've worked just as well in all the scenes I can think of--except one (the blond/barbarian mating/wedding). There it was plotpoint, and made sense in the story and moved the story forward, and I can easily see the arguement that scantily clad would NOT have worked as well.

Otherwise, it just seemed there to be naked, and seemed to be rather a lot of it. Where's the plot in that?

They did much better with Boardwalk Empire, I thought... which also had nudity.

Posted by: ibmiller (ibmiller)
Posted at: April 26th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
overstated

Well, since the sex is in the source material (though given my opinion of Martin's writing from the snatches I've read, it's certainly not the kind of sex and nudity the show seems interested in so far), I think HBO is actually a good choice of production company. What I do think is annoying is that in general, except for the haircutting scene and Drogo's butt, the show isn't interested in doing anything but female nudity/objectification. Which is unsurprising (ratings) but bothersome, in my view.

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