The Golden Compass has created a ginormous controversy over the blogosphere and opinions have been all over the board. My initial short post back in October started getting daily hits when it turned up on Goggle. Therefore, I owe it to my readers to find out first hand why this movie is causing such a stir. Please understand, I haven’t read the books so this review is based solely on the movies content.
I tried to find a friend and fellow blogger who would be interested in taking a reviewers look at the movie. Even those with open schedules, weren’t interested in spending money on a film with such bad word of mouth. My DH wasn’t interested in spending more than the cost of one matinée ticket, so I set off to see this flick alone.
United Artists reserved two of its larger theaters for opening day, obviously expecting a crowd. There were only 13 in my theater at the 1:40 showing. Happily, there weren’t any children in the audience since this is not an appropriate movie for children due to its dark and violent content. It is definitely for an older audience of 13 and up.
I found the movie rather dull and even though there are some incredible aerial shots and imagery, the characters didn’t draw me in nor did they engage me. The only likable characters were Ulrich the bear and Sam Elliott’s character. I won’t spoil what little plot this movie has, even though you can find out all about it online.
I also didn’t see any correlation between any of the characters and God or Jesus. This isn’t so much an anti-Christian movie as a pro Pagan. Daemons (pronounce Demon), witches and magic all promote paganism. The Catholic influence is minor and I didn’t even find it anti-Catholic.
The most disturbing part about the movie was each child’s daemon. Here is a quote from The Golden Compass Official website: “In Lyra’s world, a person’s soul lives on the outside of the body, in the form of a daemon –an animal spirit that accompanies them through life.
A child’s daemon can change shape assuming all the forms that a child’s potential inspires; but as a person ages, their daemon gradually settles into one form according to their character and nature.”
BTW – if you go to their site, you can take a survey to discover what animal your own personal daemon is.
Attempting to compare this movie to the Chronicles of Narnia movie is like comparing a ’72 Pinto to a ’08 Jag. There is no competition. Narnia is a 10 and I would be hard pressed to give this a 5. It’s just not that good, aside from the obvious Pagan slant. The ending is inconclusive, leaving questions unanswered. However, even that is not enough to get me to see part 2 of this ho-hum series.
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