Sep 16, 2007
The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) (part 2 of 14)
The movie opens rather oddly with some shots of some brightly-lit windows moving rapidly past the camera, creating a “barred light” effect while the opening credits appear, eventually followed by the title. This choice of opening shots confused me no end the second time I watched the movie—mostly because they were so “un-fantasy” they had me wondering if I’d accidentally rented some drama movie instead.
Anyway, so the title appears in a blaze of golden light (how subtle), followed by more windows streaking past. One thing a lot of people complained about was the movie’s long, nonsensical title. The book was just called The Dark is Rising, but apparently the moviemakers decided to add “The Seeker” on to that because they were afraid the original title sounded too much like a horror movie. Unfortunately the new title looked unwieldy and proved very awkward to say, meaning that most people shortened it to “the Dark is Rising” anyway. Another problem is that when you say “The Seeker,” people are immediately likely to think Harry Potter and Quidditch, even though The Dark is Rising book predated HP by decades (and in fact some people claim that Rowling ripped off Dark is Rising, which I can now reveal is utter bollocks).