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The Golden Compass (full-screen Single-disc Edition)
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Squeezing a big, complex, heavily sub-plotted novel in to a couple of hours is never easy and it will never be possible to please all of the people all of the time. From my perspective as an outsider, this film is mostly excellent. The cast is a who's-who of acting talent and although the kids' fake cockney accents are a little Mary Poppins they're not too annoying. The plot is taut, the narrative piles along at a cracking pace and the CGI is superb, particularly of the bears and the daemons. There is obviously a lot missing and a greater explanation of the prophecies and the role of the witches would have rounded things off nicely, but the ending is a calamity, leaving loose ends flapping about all over the place.
It is obvious that further adaptations of the next two books were planned and the filmmakers could not have predicted the vehement outpouring of religious intolerance and bigotry which forced the studio to pressure the director into making some `difficult' editing decisions. With a tidy ending, this stand-alone film would have stood out as a fantasy classic, sitting comfortably alongside LotR and the HP's. If the loony religious right had kept their interfering Magisterial noses out of it, the trilogy would probably have been brilliant but hey, it's all about control & power over the masses.
it is describing events in Pullman's multibook series, "His Dark Materials".
The movie is an astonishingly accurate portrayal of the first book,
which takes place in another universe with fundamentally different
ground rules, and very different societies.
The questions left open in the movie are also an accurate reflection
of where the issues stood in the book. So the people who are complaining
about this really need to take issue with the book rather than the movie.
For some inexplicable reason this film did not do well at the box office. I really have no idea why. It did not seem to have any competition when it came out. If you missed it, now is your chance to catch it and discover a great movie to share with your whole family.
I liked the story though, and presume the book is much more satisfying. The fantasy world is beautifuly depicted visually. Perhaps the film is meant to be watched repeatedly till one understands all the finer details.
It is very much like a flip side to Lion Witch and Wardrobe. Shame they may not come out with part two, as there are loose ends at the end of the film which add to the unsatisfyed feeling.
Like the uproar by certain Church groups and related organizations over the Da Vinci Code material,this movie too was attacked by the same or similar groups for its' supposed "heretical" and/or "anti-religious" themes.I find these groups rancour quite specious and founded,on many occasion,on sheer ignorance of the material at hand for the single purpose of fear mongering in the name of "truth".It is appalling and disgusting at the same time.
Here is a quote by the author Phillip Pullman in an interview from Time magazine around the time of the films' initial release:"I wouldn't want to be a part of any movement that had an agenda...I'm not arguing a case. I'm not preaching a sermon. I'm not giving a lecture. I'm telling a story. Any position I take is that of a storyteller who says, 'Once upon a time, this happened.'".
Anyone can find just about anything in what they read,see and hear.As long as one is educated and armed with the facts,no one needs to be running off willy-nilly tilting at windmills.
The story here involves a parallel world to ours where "dust"(the stuff of life) connects everyone and everything in the universe.Lyra Belacqua(Dakota Richards)is an 11 year old whose "Uncle" Asriel(Daniel Craig)is a professor at a university who has discovered what he believes is the secret to this "dust" and mounts an expedition to the far north to prove it.However the Magisterium(the ruling body)wants him stopped as it would mean an end to their power and influence.Read more ›
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This was a great movie that arrived quickly and was reasonably priced. I would recommend this movie for almost anyone.Published 4 months ago by Emily
This was a missed opportunity, for sure. Aesthetically speaking, this film looks fantastic but the adapted screenplay from Chris Weitz is very lacking. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve G