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Golden Compass Movie Review

golden compassThe Golden Compass movie is great! I know review’s are personal points of view but I don’t believe a word of what James Christopher has said over at the Times Online. Now I have that off my chest, think a mix between the let down that was ‘The Chronicles of Narnia‘ and the box office hit that was the ‘Lord of the Rings Trilogy‘.

Golden Compass The Story

The Golden Compass is set in world where witches, ice bears and animals as your own personal spirit are the norm. Set loosely using our world as a base with Brytain, Norroway and the North Pole it does take you close to a world that you would love to visit. You animal spirit friends are called Daemons however the word couldn’t be further from the truth. The bond that one has with their daemon is very strong, if one hurts so does the other.

Cast and Characters

I don’t usually give a run-down of cast and characters however in Golden Compass there are so many in this movie that need talking about I couldn’t resist. It is like talking about Lord of the Rings all over again.

Lyra is the twelve-year old girl who can read the alethiometer, the young girl who is going to battle through everything to save her best friends and other children from the Gobblers and the Magisterium.

The nasty Mrs Coulter played by Nicole Kidman, she’s sneaky very sneaky and is the lead player in trying to take away the children’s daemons away from them.

Lord Asriel is played by Daniel Craig, he seems like a lone crusader and adventurer and you do not see him for best part of the movie leaving it open for everything else to happen. There is a lot more to see from this character.

Mr Scoresby is an aeronaut. He and his daemon have traveled around the world and is a very knowledgeable character and aids Lyra in her adventure.

Iorek Byrnison is the lead playing ice bear in the movie and has his own in-depth story. A very strong and loyal armoured ice bear who assists and protects Lyra no matter what kind of trouble she is in!

Serafina Pekkala is the Queen of the Witches of Lake Enara. She has been around a long time yet very young to look at. Female yet a true warrior aided with the power of flight. I believe there is a lot more to find out about this character.

John Faa is the King of the Gyptians. Gyptians are nomadic traders and smugglers, they and their brothers from the Netherlands have come together to rescue the abducted children and take the fight to the Gobblers.

It’s awesome

After the fred claus let down, I really was looking forward to seeing a decent movie that I could talk about and rate highly, and it was found in The Golden Compass. The movie is an all-round take your kids to, sit down and enjoy movie.

Overall Rating:

4.8/5

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2 thoughts on “Golden Compass Movie Review”

  1. Interesting. After seeing many Marmite-like ‘love it or hate it’ reviews of this film I can only come to the conclusion that critics are in two camps. Those that have read the book/s and those that haven’t. I fall into first category and as such totally hated the film. It lacks the intriguing depth of the book ‘The Northern Lights’ and I felt the film version of the story was disjointed and bland. The best bit for me was when it ended and I could leave the cinema.

    (I wouldn’t mind spanking Nicole Kidman’s monkey though)

  2. Dear lord, what a mess the makers and writers made out of this film.

    It started off interesting with hope then very quickly it descended into a mess of re-written scripts TOTALLY different to the book. The scenes themselves looked beautiful but everything else after that was a complete mess. Plots were left unexplained, the reasons for many, many characters existents and actions were not even explained or touched on

    as well as their very actions being completely changed or invented

    totally from thin air! You were left wondering many a time “why is this happening” – “who did that happen?” – “what has this got to do with the story” – what the heck is going on?” and “would someone please explain why ALL of the characters are doing what they are doing? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

    The makers of this film TOTALLY took a meat cleaver to the story. Cut huge and I mean HUGE chunks out, totally twisted scenes around to an unbelievable extent, let characters live that actually die, NEVER explained backgrounds of anything! Leaving out the fact that they rewrote the whole book and made a complete shambles of it, just as a non-reader, many have commented to me in the cinema, on the way out and afterward to this present day (June 2008) the equivalent of “you could tell they pulled the good guts out of it”.

    Dear god, if your going to make a film from a book, stick with the book or make up one of your own completely. Don’t waste our time and your own by buying the rights to a book and then ripping it to shreds and sticking it back together again in an unintelligible mess. What is the point of buying the rights to a book in the first place if your going to totally re-write it (and screw it up in the process too to boot)?

    I understand that the makers were spineless and cowered to the religious nuts by removing anything that made any intelligence to those with brains. The effect of this cowardice left behind a film that was a total waste of time, an insult to the original writer of the book and a waste of talent that should have been used better in a greater film than this mixed, unexplained unmitigated disaster.

    If there is going to be sequels and going by this film, I hope to all heavens there is NOT – can we the audience have a change of makers, scriptwriters and a producer, a director with a brain and at least someone with guts to stand up against the zealous religious right.

    To sum up: what a complete mess and waste of talent.

    This film could have been so, so so much better.

    Rating: one out of ten.

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