I see the Cirque Du Freak movie…

August 24, 2009 at 20:50 (1)

… and like it!!!!

I saw it at a private advance screening with Bas, my agent and some of his team. I don’t want to talk too much about it this far ahead of its release, except to confirm that I DO like how it’s turned out. As I’ve been saying since Day One, it is VERY different to the books. But, having said that, it does capture the darkness and freakiness of the Darren Shan universe — anyone worrying that it’s going to be overly humourous, or that there won’t be any fighting or death, need put those particular concerns well to the side!!! It’s far sleeker than the books, with the stories condensed, and it moves rapidly along — but, given that this is a mainstream Hollywood feature, I think those are all positives. The actors are perfectly cast (everyone who criticised John C Reilly will be left with serious egg on their face!!), it’s pacy, there’s a nice mix of laughs and tension, the Little People are crazily cute…

Hmmm… so much for not saying much!!! I’m going to stop there before this spirals completely out of control!! I’ll post more about the film closer to its release date, or afterwards, when you guys have seen it and are able to form their own opinions. For now, I’ll finish by saying that, in my honest opinion (and, in case any of you are of a cynical bent, I am NOT under any sort of contract to big up the film — I’m free to say exactly what I think about it), it’s a dang fine, darkly fun movie, one that will hopefully serve as a skillfully cast hook to draw lots more readers into our ever-growing club. Does it cover all the ground of the books? No, and it was never intended to. Does it give newcomers a fair taste of what the world of the books is like, and encourage them to delve further into that world by reading the books after they see the film? Yes, and that for me has always been the major function of the movie. A bonus, for fans of the books who are willing to accept this for what it is as opposed to what they might wish it was, is that this gives you a different spin on certain story and character aspects — rather than being a straightforward, dull adaptation of the books, it’s something strangely familiar yet completely new, and I always like exploring new territory!!!

Oh, and whatever else, I think the film has one of the best opening titles sequence that I’ve ever seen!!! If they handed out Oscars for the titles at the beginning of movies, I think this one would be a shoo-in!!!!!

6 Comments

  1. Jessica Kennedy said,

    That’s so awesome to hear! Can’t wait to see it! 🙂

  2. Robbie said,

    Great blog. Glad to hear that stuff about the movie. Sounds quite positive. Keep up the good work and write more soon please.

  3. Miku said,

    That’s awesome! I can’t wait to watch it! I WAS kinda worried about John C Reily, but if you approve, then all is well. I hope the release dates for Australia come up soon…

  4. Dyllon said,

    when is the movie coming out! plz!plz! Someone tell me!!!!!!!

  5. Kahri O'Brien said,

    OH MY GOD! I am soo exited for this friggin movie! I LOVE your books (even though im not a big horror reader) but as soon as I started reading both the Cirque Du Freak and the Demonata books i couldn’t put them down! You really are an amazing writer and im super exited to see the movie!

  6. Dakota said,

    i read your books and watched the movie but i think you should write books about what Steve went through, you know like a counter book because i think that would be cool you know because we already know stuff about Darren but i think you should write some books on what Steve did. because you are a good writer and all but you should write about Steve as if he had a novel of his own you don’t have to but it would be cool oh and you don’t have to write about any other characters i am just thinking you know about Mr.tiny Revelation that they were brothers and that he was there father. sorry about who hasn’t read all books but i think this is a good idea and so do a few other people that i asked if they would read it and they all said yesssssssssssssssssssss.

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