Friday, December 28, 2007

The Golden Compass - a very short review

Bloodless bear fights? Lord Asriel unambiguously good? Godless villains? The ideas and the busy plot of Northern Lights were always going to be hard to condense into a movie. But the trouble with the Golden Compass is that tries to take on the additional challenge of being a kids movie suitable for US box office success. You can't think too much. You can't offend the Christians. You mustn't traumatise the kids. In the end the additional burdens are too much.

Heck, it was still a fantasy movie based on a magic book. I enjoyed it - I could hardly not have. But I was hoping for a whole heap more.

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