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As a fantasy by-the-books movie, I can recommend this only to people who are just looking to pass a few hours.
But, as has been expressed below by Ms Pamela Thomas, I am worried that people will see this and completely ignore the books. If I hadn't read the books and saw the movie my first reaction would be: "Oh boy, those Le Guin books sure are overrated." And that can't be further from the truth!
Skip the movie, read the book!
It fails miserably.
It's not just that the writers fail to get anything right beyond the names, and sometimes not even that:
- "Ged" is the wizard's secret name, "Sparrowhawk" is his commonly used one
- Ged and the other Archipelagans are aboriginal peoples (LeGuin says they are like the Inuit), not white
- There are no girls at the school at Roke
- Tenar is recognized as the incarnation of Arha when she is 5 years old; she does not take a "test" to become the priestess
- Kossil is old and fat, not young & beautiful, and no men come near the temple
- Nemmerle dies after using up all his magic after Ged summons the gebbeth, not in battle
- the Kargads never attack Roke or go to war or come to Atuan during the story; the Kargad king is not in the story
That's only a part of how wrong the scriptwriters went. But more importantly, they didn't understand what the gebbeth represented. It was Ged's own shadow side; it represented the dark side of ourselves that we all need to learn how to deal with if we are to become whole. Because they didn't understand that, they fell back on a standard-issue good vs. evil plot. Nothing we haven't seen before. The uniqueness of LeGuin's story is lost.
It's a great shame that the Sci-fi folks fired the first screenwriter, Phillipa Boyens, who helped adapt "The Lord of the Rings" to the screen and is a LeGuin fan. We'll never know how good her script was.
The televised miniseries Legend of Earthsea is an adventure that brings the audience away from reality to the world of Earthsea where the world consists of a vast number of islands. The author Ursula K. Le Guin created this world and she has a large number of dedicated readers. More can be found on her website, [...] in regards to her books and comments in regards to the TV series.
Legend of Earthsea opens in a small island village where the blacksmith's son, Ged (Shawn Ashmore) discovers that he has magical powers. Ged, a restless young man, saves the town from an attack through the use of magic, which brings forth the wizard Ogion (Danny Glover). Ogion requests that Ged becomes his student, but Ged's father initially rejects the request. Nonetheless, Ged becomes the pupil of Ogion, as he begins his journey on becoming a wizard.
On this journey the audience gets to follow how Ged is coming of age through foolish magical stunts and deadly encounters with dragons and other dangerous creatures. Ged builds lasting friendships and eventually discovers the wonder of love. Through many adventures with Ged the audience will experience both suspense and drama with some wisdom.Read more ›
If you are a fan of the Earthsea series of books, you will be sorely disappointed in this miniseries. I was so disappointed, I couldn't even finish watching it when it was originally aired on the SciFi Channel! The acting was poor and the dialogue was contrived. It had none of the sublime spiritual beauty of Le Guin's text, and the inner lives and struggles of the characters were not as clearly portrayed. In all, I found it to be juvenile and superficial. There is absolutely nothing of the spirit of the books in this miniseries!
Apparently, people who have not read the books have enjoyed this miniseries. I tried to imagine what I would think of it if I had not read the books, and could only conclude that maybe I would have liked it if I had seen it during middle school or earlier. In otherwords, adult fans of fantasy: don't waste your money.
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I have read a couple of the books. Didn't like them much, couldn't get into them, don't like Le Guin's writing style -- I know loads of people who do. I just don't, that's all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Valentine
I like it. It's a sort of campy old school sci-fi channel TV movie/miniseries that made me want to pick up the books in the first place. Read morePublished 10 months ago by GrizzMW554
The books are fantastic. This is unwatchable made for bad TV garbage. Terrible acting. Terrible effort to bring the stories to film. Just read the books again.Published 11 months ago by Snarky
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