Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Foxes

Current work: nonfic; MH duo book 2
Listening to: Kathryn Williams
Reading: Next on TBR pile

We made it to the cinema yesterday. The Fox and the Child. The cinematography was wonderful - but if I'd known about a certain scene, I would've refused to see it.

My big issue with the film was that a 10-year-old girl would have been allowed to wander all day in the forest on her own - said forest being populated by lynx, wolves and big brown bears, not to mention the treacherous ravine and caves and potholes and... I'm sorry. While I thought the scenery was beautiful (and I particularly liked the filming of the fox cubs and the spider spinning a web), I couldn't get past that. Son was very vocal on the same subject after the film - and thought the same as I did about the awful scene (which upset Madam terribly).

Spoiler alert (i.e. if you want to read this you'll need to highlight it with the mouse):

basically, I believe that a child who grows up with a family dog would recognise the cries of distress uttered by said fox when she shut it in her bedroom. (And, as son said, why was she stupid enough to shut a wild animal into a room anyway?) The fox jumped through the (upstairs) window. She thought it was dead and carried it back to the den - now, WHY didn't she call her parents and/or a vet? Why didn't her parents hear the smashing glass and come to see what was going on? And then the vixen came back to life and didn't even have a fracture, and the lacerations from jumping through the window were healed. Not believable. And because you saw the fox jump through the glass... WAY too upsetting. End of spoiler.

Anyway. Lunch out, after that, and I have promised a baking session today. It's meant to rain all week except Thursday; you can guess which day the loss assessor is coming back...

10 comments:

Diane said...

I rarely watch animal films. Not since I was a kid. There is always, always a scene (or more) that upsets me, and I don't see the point in deliberately upsetting myself.

Liz Fielding said...

Sounds like one to miss, Kate. Sorry it cause the littlest ankle-biter grief.

India said...

Thanks for the secret-coded warning Agent Kate! (How did you do that? You're such a techno-genius!) We nearly went to see this last week, but the kids opted for Wall-E instead (Hmmm... I enjoyed catching up on some sleep, but it was an expensive way to do it) but I won't be suggesting it as a way of passing any future rainy afternoons.

I'm with Diane, really, and I blame an early encounter with The Incredible Journey. (Sob.)

Diane said...

Mine was "Gallant Bess", India. :o(

Kate Hardy said...

Diane - I should've known better, too. For me it was "Lassie Come Home". I wasn't allowed to watch ANY Lassie films after that.

Kate Hardy said...

Liz - the cinematography is stunning, it really is. But the other issues overwhelm it.

Kate Hardy said...

India - you simply highlight the text in blogger and click on the type colour that's the same as your background. (Not that tecchy, really... *g*)

Ah, yes. Wall-E. I was unimpressed. However, we saw the trailer for Igor and I have two requests to see that.

This summer, many of the films have been disappointing. I've had personal recs for Mamma Mia, though... (Please don't let us have builders in on Friday. Please let me have a day off.)

Kate Hardy said...

India and Diane - would I guess correctly that you found Black Beauty really distressing, too? (I mean the book, not the TV series aka "Adventures of BB").

I don't think I could handle the 1993 adaptation, even though Sean Bean is a fabulous actor (I also really like Eleanor Bron.)

Jan Jones said...

India - mine was The Incredible Journey too. And Born Free. How anyone could watch Born Free and not weep BUCKETS was utterly beyond me.

And yes, Kate, I was outraged over Black Beauty the book (which I think I probably read far too early)

Diane said...

I don't believe I ever read Black Beauty.