In which I have a life…

I spent the morning of my birthday doing something I’ve been wanting to do for a while: relax. Namely, I went to see a good popcorn movie, ‘The Adventures of Tintin’.

I enjoyed it very much. And while I found it slightly OTT in terms of endless action sequences (the last twenty minutes or so in particular,) I still loved the look, the characters, the gorgeous, gorgeous design. Yes, Frank was involved to the hilt in this movie. It’s particularly pleasing to see the work of someone you love come to fruition… I would see a scene, and remember him painting it. *geek moment*

And this film (watch as I eat my hat) has reconciled me to the mix of motion capture and animation Weta uses so effectively. I even forgot about it, after a while, which is the highest compliment I could ever give. Beautiful work. Some funny dialogue, too. Hmm, do I sense the presence of a certain Doctor Who writer?

So all in all, a satisfying day. I am thirty-nine years old. I feel like I ought to develop gravitas and authority, and wear a Fedora (yes, the better to eat it.)


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8 Responses to In which I have a life…

  1. Gillian says:

    You’re such a spring chicken!

    May this year be altogether awesomely amazingly wonderfully marvellous.

    • MaryV says:

      MUCH thanks. It’s already damned good, judging by the company I keep (both virtual and physical,) the movies I watch and the fun I’m having on the new book! Yay!

  2. Olga says:

    Sounds like the perfect sort of day Mary, a very Happy Birthday to you. (OTT endless action sequences are still fun though)

    • MaryV says:

      Thank you Olga! Yes they were fun. I’m glad I didn’t see it in 3D though, I would have had a headache!

      Some best lines (I paraphrase):

      Captain Haddock: I’ve been locked in here for days with only whisky to save my mortal soul!
      Tintin (opening door): It’s not locked.
      Captain Haddock: Well, I… I assumed it was locked.


  3. Bahiyyih says:

    Oh, DO wear the hat, rather than eat it!

    • MaryV says:

      I always doubted the capacity of mocap to be ‘beautiful’. Happy to be proven wrong! (And hats taste good with a bit of salt and lemon.)

  4. Helen Lowe says:

    Happy Birthday, Mary: may you continue to have a life and may it be filled with all good things!

    • MaryV says:

      A life is highly recommended. 😉 Seriously, there were moments yesterday when I was just sitting there, thinking “But don’t I have to do this, and this, and this?” and I had to force myself to ignore the Little Voice…

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