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22 December 2007 @ 07:05 pm
The Golden Compass  
I actually loved the movie. Yes I know they changed the ending, but they did so with good reason and intend to add those parts in the next movie. But to get a next movie we'd all have to support this first one enough to convince the powers that be to finance the next.

Of course I don't ever expect a movie to really live up to the book, but I thought they did a pretty good job with this one. It was amazing to watch the daemons in action! I felt that the quiet menace of Marisa Coulter was beautifully captured by Nicole Kidman. Given the complexity of the world, the Magisterium, the other political factions, and "dust," I thought it was a marvelous introduction and set up for the next chapter in the story. I also enjoyed the young actress who played Lyra and suspect that, like the Potter actors and actresses, she will grow into her craft as time goes on. I felt she captured Lyra's spirit quite well.

If reviews have made you hesitate to see the movie, I urge you to give it a try. It was also very beautiful in terms of cinematography.
Hollyskyearthandsea on December 23rd, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
I wept with joy through the whole thing. I can't wait until the next movie. CAN'T WAIT! :)

I thought they did an excellent job of adapting the book. I posted Philip Pullman's review of the movie a while back.

There are two books I can think of that were made into better movies. Practical Magic and Stardust. I did like the ending of the book Stardust better, but the movie as a whole was far more entertaining. And with Practical Magic, I was just plain bored through the book, but loved the film.