December 09, 2007

The Truth Hurts

The Golden Compass

I've really been anxious to see this adaptation of Philip Pullman's book, the first in the His Dark Materials trilogy. I definitely found it enjoyable, but it certainly seemed less accessible for those who haven't read the book. Assuming a sequel is made, this will be a nice lead-in to the far superior second book, The Subtle Knife.

Dakota Blue Richards does an admirable job portraying the troublemaker child, Lyra. Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig are both appropriately cold in their roles as Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel. But the ones who keep stealing the show are Sam Elliott as the aeronaut, Lee Scoresby and Eva Green (in a role that was criminally cut down in size) as the witch Serafina Pekkala.

Although let's be honest - what will be the most intriguing aspect of the film to kids and adults alike is the humans' animal daemons (the physical manifestations of the humans' consciences).

As for the fear that this film is somehow anti-Christian - not a chance. All theological debate has been stripped from the movie, leaving a very fast-paced adventure flick. Perhaps a bit too fast-paced, as the uninitiated will feel like they are missing something. (They are - read the book.)

And lastly - my word but that's the most horrible song over the closing credits. ScottE and I couldn't stop laughing at Kate Bush's ridiculous warbling of "Lyra...and her sooooouuuul..." Ten bucks says this piece of poo song gets nominated for an Oscar!


Stef said...

I've been reading the reviews, and they all seem to say the same thing... the movie's decent and strong visually, but the book is far better with a lot more depth. I guess I have to add that to my stack and wait on seeing the movie.

ScottE. said...

Eh. I liked the daemons. The swirling look into the compass got old real quick. The story was fast, fractured and didn't make the most sense to me. I thought the Ice Bears were going to be my favorite part, but I also got bored with them. I think the song was the best part. OK, I'd rather stab a fork in my ear.

But...I do want to see the other movies made so I can see where this story goes. DUST = DEVIL?