Re: closeness to source material

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Posted by PeteDude at on July 19, 2000 at 01:57:20:

In Reply to: Am I the only one? posted by The Lizard King on July 17, 2000 at 01:06:11:

: I just think comic book movies shouldn't be judged on how close they stay to te root material. It's not as easy translating a comic book to film as a novel because of the origin stories and etc. I love comics and movies a bunch, but X-Men wasn't a fantastic movie. It was cluttered like most comic movies with too many characters. i think we comic fans just got a kick out of seeing our favorite characters on the screen in a not-disappointing film.

Judging film by its source material is a common thing. It doesn't just happen with comic book movies in comic book circles-- it happens just as much with literature film epics and literature professors, or historians and historical epics.

If you stop and think about it, judging a movie by how close it is to the source material is actually one of the more objective ways to gauge a movie. All you have to do is count the number of variances you observe from the source material in all the films in a given category, and the one with the least in its category would be the truest to its source. It's a harder stance to discredit as it's based on facts.

But it's certainly no gauge for things like kick in the pants thrills. . .

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