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Film - The Eagle [of the Ninth] - dorsetgirl
April 6th, 2011
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Film - The Eagle [of the Ninth]
Don’t know yet if I’ll be able to post this, so I’m typing it up in Word first. DownOrNot has been telling me all day that “LiveJournal is Up!”, but not for me it hasn’t been. Over recent days I’m becoming uncomfortably aware of just how much of my social life is on LiveJournal. Hell, half my sex life is on LiveJournal *g*.

Anyway, the film – under the cut for spoilers.

Square-jawed all-American hero! Ugly plucky little Brit! And bonus!Dougie Henshall! In the distance! (Seriously, did I miss something there? I was just like – that guy way over there looks like Dougie Henshall, but presumably it isn’t him - then up he came in the credits).

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was definitely conflicted towards the end because I wasn’t at all sure the Romans deserved to win that last fight, so I was quite content that Marcus Flavius honoured both sides when he spoke at the pyre.

And I thought the whole thing with taking the Eagle back worked well; I really didn’t want a big scene of “How mighty are the Romans, how magnificent their warriors,” so the fact that he did it for his father’s personal honour definitely worked for me, and the way he made it plain that Esca knew more about honour than they did was also good.

Have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the little grin that Jamie Bell gave to the slimy politician type just before they left. Brilliant!

Being as I was watching with OH and two sons, I was a bit concerned from some of the reviews that it was going to be too overtly homoerotic, but it was fine. But the slashometer definitely started flashing at the end there, when they walked off into the distance together, in step. Sweet.

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Date:April 7th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
I can remember the BBC Sunday teatime serial from way back, and even though I'd never heard of slash back then I remember that I could see something between the Roman and the Briton. But I've no idea how similar the film is to the tv series, or how faithful to the book it is. (Not very, I'd guess, if it's a US production.)

LJ has been down more than it's been up for me recently. (Add appropriate Gene-ism about a tart's knickers). Some people whose journals I read have mirror sites over on Dreamwidth, so I've been going there for the odd fic fix, but that doesn't help with fic communities that are only on lj.
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Date:April 7th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I don't remember much about the book, only that I liked it, and I don't think I even knew about the tv serial. You might find Halo's post about the film useful. I do a song about the Ninth Legion (Sweeps soon, must start practising!) which has them as ghosts in modern times, so the (rather more plausible) idea of them being collectively slaughtered with just a few hiding out for twenty years seemed a little on the prosaic side to me!

I don't like Dreamwidth much. It seems to be populated by people I can only describe as joylessly, oppressively, politically correct. They warn against things I've never heard of and wouldn't have thought of as being a problem if I had. The whole vibe seems to be "There are people out there who are DAMAGED, RIGHT? And just because xx% of the population are not gay, disabled or gender-changed DOESN'T MAKE IT RIGHT, RIGHT? So WARN FOR EVERYTHING and don't make ASSUMPTIONS!"

It always feels to me like people who are comfortable in themselves and don't have a disorder most of the population has never heard of just aren't welcome there. /rant
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Date:April 7th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
I can't remember if I've ever read the book. I got 'access denied' on the link, but that might just be lj being weird, I've had it before when the post should have been accessible. And I just got a warning about a threat on another lj page, so I'm being very careful where I go.

I am so with you about the political correctness. And it isn't just on DW, I've seen it on lj too. It sometimes feels like a cross between Alice through the Looking Glass and 1984, with words and concepts that have always been perfectly acceptable suddenly becoming offensive.

But then Archive Of Our Own has a category called 'person of color', which sounds offensive to me but apparently isn't. (Not to mention redundant, because if under 'Characters' you say that your story features, say, Martha Jones or Mickey Smith, surely that tells the reader all she needs to know?)
Date:April 7th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I thought most slashers would *g* I love the ending - so very very suggestive without actually suggesting a thing - the best of all worlds for attracting wide audiences, I would have thought.

Jamie Bell's acting really shone there I think.
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