Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Golden Compass

We just saw The Golden Compass in the theater. It was fantastic. The casting was superb, especially Lyra and Mrs. Coulter--Nicole Kidman did such a good job of being evil! I thought the special effects really supported the story rather than being the main attraction. And they were faithful enough to the book without being slavish.
They did stop the story before the book's majestic but very dark and traumatic ending. I thought this was a really good idea on their part!
The only disappointing thing was the half empty theater. I have no idea how well the movie is doing. I usually don't pay attention to such things. But this was a damn good production of a really good story. I hope enough people see it so that they'll do the second book!

Several people have told me the "religious right" is up in arms over the film. I find this astonishing and hilarious! If they want to identify themselves with the evil and megalomaniacal Magisterium in the film, well, I guess they know what they're doing. I hadn't made that connection myself, but if the shoe fits and all that, I guess.
This is one of those rare films you can see before reading the book, in my humble opinion. It is a bit violent in parts, maybe too much for younger children. Eden handled it okay, though she covered her eyes in parts and said it was a little too loud.
I hate to admit it, but I'll probably go see it again. It's the kind of film that really makes use of the big screen.

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