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The Golden Compass

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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.

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 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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    Posted October 1, 2010

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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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Left you wanting

    Enjoyed the movie, but the ending was weak. I hope there is a sequel in the works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent, even if you're a fan of the books

    There have been quite a few negative reviews of this film, particularly by those who dearly love the books. Having really enjoyed the books, I also really enjoyed the film. Sure, plenty of scenes were left out, and I missed them. The movie did end before the ending of the 1st book, but I certainly understand the need for the 1st film to end on a high note, in order to ensure that the other two are made. As for missing scenes/new scenes - yes, they're not the EXACT same story, but I really thought that all the salient points were covered. Some details are missing, but that's the nature of film adaptations. Let's have less whining and more recognition of a very well-done film!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Lush Introduction..

    to this book's dark materials. An outstanding cast who did well with the brief introduction of their characters. I would like to see more character development in a sequel if there is one and more attention to the details of the original book series. Well worth the investment in video. A most peculiar world I think Id enjoy traveling too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great and Yet.....

    This movie was well... ok, but there was so many things that was cut out of the book. The book was amazing and the movie did not show that. It was almost as if it was a whole different story from the book except for the basic things. Somethings where changed and and the ending was too unexpected. The movie was great, but was nothing like the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great book good movie

    the movie has all this suspense and thrills that came out of the beloved book but some things may seem off. the movie makes a transaction from a simple kids movie to adult in a matter of seconds in the movies last hour which makes it all the better. the movie was good and i highly recommend it to make the sequel come to theathers soon

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