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 (played by newcomer 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.The Golden Compass stars an ensemble cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, and Ian McShane. The film is written and directed by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, Antz) and produced by Deborah Forte and Bill Carraro (Frequency).
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The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure, set in a parallel world where peoples souls manifest themselves as small animals, talking bears fight wars, and children are mysteriously disappearing. At the centre of the story is a 12 year old girl, Lyra, who sets out to find and rescue her best friend, Roger, and ends up on an extraordinary quest to save not only her own world, but ours as well.
The Golden Compass stars Nicole Kidman and the impossibly glamorous and possibly dangerous Mrs Coulter, Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel, a ruthless adventurer and scholar with a mysterious past, and talented newcomer, Dakota Blue Richards, who won the role of Lyra after an exhaustive search throughout England.
The film is based on the first book (published as The Golden Compass in the US and Northern Lights in UK and Europe) of Philip Pullmans best selling, award winning trilogy, His Dark Materials.
Take it from this Sunday School teacher: If your faith is so fragile that it cannot engage in a discussion about the virtue of free will and the potential abuse of power, this movie/book isn't for you. The irony being, of course, such close-mindedness is exactly what the author fears will be the downfall of mankind. If you can engage in the debate, however, you might find your faith strengthened by realizing you couldn't have true faith without freedom of thought. (Witness our frustrations with extremist versions of Sharia law.)
As I am sure we all know now, "The Golden Compass" was one of the most eagerly awaited films of the last couple of years, and also one of the most disappointing. They gutted the book, left out the intriguing religion angles, but the main problem is that the movie has no spark, no life in it at all. Everyone is just going through the motions of making yet another film. No vitality at all, just another big, bloated product. It deserved its fate.
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