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Not being one who seeks out the seemingly endless line of Harry Potter/Narnia/Lord of the Rings tropes (a little computer generated monster realm goes a long way), THE GOLDEN COMPASS came somewhat as a pleasant surprise. Yes, this is still a fantasy film, but th...
Not being one who seeks out the seemingly endless line of Harry Potter/Narnia/Lord of the Rings tropes (a little computer generated monster realm goes a long way), THE GOLDEN COMPASS came somewhat as a pleasant surprise. Yes, this is still a fantasy film, but the emphasis is more on stylish creation of various animals (in the forms of 'daemons' that accompany children as their souls, morphing into various animal life at will) than tiresome explosions and flying beasties. Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards) is clearly the star of this adventure that explores the possibility of other, parallel worlds whose interaction with the world as we know it is controlled by various groups of good guys and bad guys, all seeking the source of secrecy contained in a Golden Compass that can only be read by a single girl - Lyra, a poor child living in the presence of scholars. Lyra's uncle, Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig) places the Golden Compass in Lyra's knowing hands and heads off to the far North to investigate the element that binds all life together - Dust. The tale is set in motion by the enigmatic Mrs. Coulter (Nicole Kidman) who gains Lyra's confidence and offers to take her to the great North. All manner of adventures occur on the journey - friends of Lyra's are threatened to be separated from their various daemons in the cruel hands of the bad guys, Lyra's encounter with a witch Serafina Pekkala (Eva Green), her assistance from a friendly astronaut (Sam Elliott) and an armored bear - and with all fantasies, good prevails - or does it? Tune in for the very obvious next installment. The pleasures are many, not the least of which are the voices and changing forms of the little animal daemons. The cast is excellent and the whole movie sails with yet another beautiful musical score by Alexandre Desplat. It is a nice diversion, but you have to love fantasy. Grady Harp

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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If you have never read The Golden Compass, and are looking for a fantastic fanatsy to watch with your kids, this is a great movie. However - if you are looking for a film that will give justice to the novels of Mr Pullman, you will be severely dissapointed. I began read...
If you have never read The Golden Compass, and are looking for a fantastic fanatsy to watch with your kids, this is a great movie. However - if you are looking for a film that will give justice to the novels of Mr Pullman, you will be severely dissapointed. I began reading this series when I was 11, and have reread it many times since then, always being enthralled and captured by the wonder of the book. The film was okay. They cut out many important parts of the book, starting, literally, from the opening scene. I believe it was done this way to help diminsh the huge amount of controversy that has surrounded his work ever since whisper of a film came to be - mostly on part by the church. If you want to experience the tale of Lyra and her friends for what it truly is, then pick up the book. If you are not looking to be impressed, then rent the film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hem and haw...

    If you have never read The Golden Compass, and are looking for a fantastic fanatsy to watch with your kids, this is a great movie. However - if you are looking for a film that will give justice to the novels of Mr Pullman, you will be severely dissapointed. I began reading this series when I was 11, and have reread it many times since then, always being enthralled and captured by the wonder of the book. The film was okay. They cut out many important parts of the book, starting, literally, from the opening scene. I believe it was done this way to help diminsh the huge amount of controversy that has surrounded his work ever since whisper of a film came to be - mostly on part by the church. If you want to experience the tale of Lyra and her friends for what it truly is, then pick up the book. If you are not looking to be impressed, then rent the film.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was disapointed

    If you have ever read the book, you will be disappointed. It does things in a different order than in the book. It also ends before the ending in the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Golden Compass

    The movie was very disappointing, it tried to cover ALL the points and events in the book, but failed leaving the viewer unable to quite follow the plot. If you had not read the book, the movie would have left you dazed and confused. The actors, however, were excellent. The scenery/photography was excellent. Music fitting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alright movie

    The movie was entertaining but I had expected more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well, It's alright..

    Everyone knows that sometimes basing movies can be good if done right. However, I found that most of the parts like everyone else said: Missing parts from the book, details from the origonal plot and all that. I also aspire to the CGI'd Polar Bears and other creatures that went on in the movie. The Graphics are decent, I have yet to play the game, however, the movie was decent. Plot is good, but created a few Plotholes that are not supposed to be added, I think the Movie had some of the plot taken out of the book, wich was considered a Plothole and confused some of the lovers of the book. If you are going to do the sequel, I suggest looking into the book further..

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