The Golden Compass (2007)
Brilliant and touching
To all those who have watched it: I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.
Story: It's very simple but honestly that is fine.
Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
I've never read the book this film was based on, so on it's own I found it pretty enjoyable. It has an intriguing storyline and manages to keep you interested. It did leave much to be desired, as it ended on a cliffhanger, although they were planning on a sequel but plans were scrapped. It is definitely worth an inevitable rewatch.
In a world where parallel universes coexisted, bounded by dust, a young girl and her daemon travel north to discover the faith of children kidnapped by a secret and mysterious organization. Along the way, she makes new friends but also enemies which try, at all cost, to get her Golden Compass, a device which tells the truth to anyone who can read it.We're presented a fantastic world, full of interesting creatures and characters, who play their decisive part in the outcome of the final battle which is to come. Although it leaves room for a sequel, its finale is a bit lame and unconvincing. The story itself is nothing groundbreaking but good overall, unfortunately failing to keep my attention throughout its entire length. I was also disappointed by the fact that Daniel Craig, although present on the poster, appears for brief and rare moments, having no implication in the outcome of the movie while Nicole Kidman's character isn't as determined to complete its job as I hoped.It turned out to be an average movie although its cast and plot suggested it can be much more than that.
I was skeptical watching this movie, having read the books. Especially since I saw Nicole Kidman stating she would never act in a movie that severely criticizes the Catholic Church. Which tells me Kidman never read the books. And someone sold her a solid lie to take this role. However Kidman actually does deliver one of the best characters in this movie. Her acting is believable as the conflicted Mrs. Coulter: as a Lady, a scientist (or religious Nazi experimenter), and a mother.Daniel Craig does a passable role as the uncle/scientist, but his acting reflects the main fault with the entire movie. The children, the other actors - they all deliver very well, given the script. It's decent communication between the children and their daemons. Jim Carter looks really wild and the leader of the gypsies, Eva Green isn't doing her best character, but decent enough. I'd like to mention Hattie Morahan as one of the better actors in the role as the creepy nurse. However the storytelling is not true. It is selling us a fairy tale, which the story of the book sort of is - but only as the tip of the iceberg. This story, this movie, lack the depth, the harshness, the bitterness, the sorrow, the intelligence which is the key to the book. Sure, it's a fascinating universe, it's beautiful scenery and machines and costumes - but the thing about this story is the greatness of the underlying story. Which makes it worth reading for adults as well as children. The movie miserably fails at delivering the big story. Maybe because someone had to lie about the criticism the book delivers against our society and religion. Maybe because someone had to lie to Nicole Kidman. For trying to make a pretty little fairy tale out of a great critical and poetic book, I give the movie a four and a half. Which shows as 5.
This movie was supposed to begin a franchise and I'm quite disappointed that it didn't. This movie was very entertaining and has extremely likable characters as well as great actors and actresses. The general public's rating might not be so high but if you have the option, this is a good movie to watch. This film was supposed to be the next Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings(However I enjoyed this one movie more than the 5 Potter movies I've seen and leagues more than Lord of the Rings).I'm holding out that they may resurrect this film for a franchise. There are way too many average movies that get their sequels and franchises. Divergent is an example of this.However, I doubt this will happen but suppose I'm content re-watching Golden Compass every now and then.