Film Review: The Golden Compass

12 Dec

Plot: Based on author Philip Pullman’s bestselling and award-winning novel, The Golden Compass tells the first story in Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure, set in an alternative world where people’s souls manifest themselves as animals, talking bears fight wars, and Gyptians and witches co-exist. At the center of the story is Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards), a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who’s been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers – and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well.

I have not read the books and have no plans to do so, therefore my review is based more on the technical aspect of production and the actor’s performances. What first attracted me to this film if I may say so is the casting of Daniel Craig as one of the main characters, since the news came out during the time that he was cast as the new Bond, but since this film was meant to be a trilogy we don’t see much of his character (Lord Asriel) in the first film as he ventured up North on a mission.

Nicole Kidman is luscious as the sly Marisa Coulter who lures our young heroine Lyra played wonderfully by Dakota Blue Richards to assist her in her own visit to the North. But the real treat comes from Sir Ian McKellen whose voice was used to play the  downtrodden polar bear Iorek Byrnison and once Lyra solicits for his help upon the prodding of aeronaut Lee Scoresby (Sam Elliott) we’ve got ourselves a movie. The amazing fight between the two polar bears was the highlight of the film for me.

I would like to steer away from the controversy that this film has gained from various religious groups and would like to give the film its own merits particularly the very good visual effects and the acting ensemble.

The Golden Compass: 3.5/5 

2 Responses to “Film Review: The Golden Compass”

  1. _ram-jaane' December 18, 2007 at 10:02 am #

    “I would like to steer away from the controversy that this film has gained” .. damned .. Eva Green will be so disappointed 😛

  2. Simone December 18, 2007 at 1:11 pm #

    LOL @ Ram Thanks for dropping by mate!

    I saw it with no agenda, just knowing who the actors were and really enjoyed it. Our discussion about this film in Filmstalker was getting pretty intense until we all realised that we actually all agree!

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