The Golden Compass

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Human souls manifested as animals, talking polar bears and witches are just a few of the interesting characters you’ll find in the fantasy film, The Golden Compass. Based on Philip Pullman’s Dark Series trilogy, a young orphaned girl named Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards) lives and attends school in the hallowed halls of Jordan with the intellectuals of that time. She is sponsored by the adventurous scientist Lord Asraal (Daniel Craig). He goes to the Arctic to investigate a mysterious substance called “Dust” that may hold magical powers. During his absence, Lyra is taken under the wing of a beautiful but deadly agent, Marisa Coultar (Nicole Kidman) and she is also given a device called, “the Golden Compass” which tells the truth to anybody who can interpret it. When Lyra’s best friend Roger (Ben Walker) is kidnapped by the Gobblers (No, it’s not a bunch of turkeys) she and her Deamon (her alter ego or animal spirit) head off to the Arctic to find the children. This may sound like the end of the film but it’s not even half over.) On the way, Lyra befriends a Texas Aeronaut named Lee Scoresby (Sam Elliott), a down on his luck talking polar bear named Iorek (Ian McKellen) and a sea faring clan called the “Gyptians.” When they hit the frozen tundra the action really begins. The performance by most of the actors is topnotch, but Dakota Blue Richards is the heart of the film. I heard the special affects are better than average (of course I could care less about that) and a couple nice action scenes with special emphasis on an exciting armored polar bear fight. Unfortunately, most of the film is confusing. I couldn’t clearly comprehend the names or remember them and the movie zips from one scene to the next so fast the audience isn’t able to savor the good moments. It also felt disjointed and didn’t flow from one plot point to the next – I left the theater dizzy. (There is nothing worse then a dizzy blind guy trying to walk in a crowd of people.) To answer a popular question, it does not promote atheism, however, it’s fairly violent for children and there are several adult themes that could have been left out of a “family” movie. This film had a lot of potential but fell short and I’m giving it a C+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.