The Golden Compass (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)
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Based on the first volume in Philip Pullman's best-selling,award-winning trilogy, His Dark Materials, THE GOLDEN COMPASS unfolds anepic fantasy adventure set in a parallel world, where science and magicintertwine.Twelve-year-old Lyra Belacqua (played by newcomer Dakota BlueRichards) sets out to rescue her best friend, and ends up on anextraordinary quest to save not only her own world, but ours and othersas well. Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and stars with Daniel Craigin this triumph of the imagination. Filled with fascination, depth andwonder, Pullman's saga presents the eternal struggle of good vs. evil --and the power of one young girl heal a rift torn in the fabric of theuniverse.]]>
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My main problem with this movie is the same one I had with David Lynch's Dune: You really wouldn't know what's going on unless you've read the book. I saw the movie before I read the book, but my wife, who was watching it with me, had just finished the trilogy and she was able to explain a lot of what I was seeing - much like when I watch Dune with someone who hasn't read the book.
So in the end, The Golden Compass suffers from being too complex and fast-paced in order to do justice to the book it's based on. Yes, I liked the movie a lot (enough to buy it for my library), and it inspired me to read the fantastic novels, but those who haven't read the book may be confused by what they're seeing.
I wholeheartedly recommend this movie, but I really recommend reading the book first to get everything out of it.
The one alethiometer that survived is now in the possession of Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig), a college professor who defies the Magisterium by confirming the existence of dust. I'm not referring to the allergy-inducing particles that settle on ordinary surfaces; I'm referring to the magical substance that's somehow related to a rift between their universe and ours. Because this has put him at odds with the Magisterium, he gives the alethiometer to his orphaned niece, Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards), a young girl raised by the professors at a university. Lyra, who absolutely hates being called a lady, is clever, bold, and incredibly headstrong, with an adventurous spirit that occasionally gets her into trouble. Her spirit--or daemon, as referred to by the characters--is Pan (voiced by Freddie Highmore), who hasn't quite decided which animal form to take.Read more ›
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, May 08
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It was really beautiful, but the story really lacked and was hard to follow especially in comparison with the amazing bookPublished 22 hours ago by Andrea J. Arnold
Read the book, which was fantastic. The movie is well done. Short but good.Published 2 days ago by mkd545
looks great on blu ray. love this movie. worth the upgrade from my dvd.Published 4 days ago by Colin S. Boyd
It doesn't happen too often, but this was one of those movies that I ended up cutting off halfway through the movie. Read morePublished 5 days ago by HappyMama
Not a great adaptation. Not a fan of starting the movie off with narration that spoils what could have been a cool reveal. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite movies in the entire world. It has so much teaching in it. It's wonderful to watch, it's engaging, and very hopeful. I love this moviePublished 16 days ago by Lillie