Golden Compass Movie Reviews
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I don't enjoy a lot of fantasy movies, but to those who question their increase in production, there is a reason that there are so many of this genre produced now; they're popular and people are wanting to see them. Since its obvious that Golden Compa** is of this genre, DONT go see it if you don't like Fantasy movies. This being said, I enjoyed the movie from start to finish. It was NOT like Chronicals of Narnia, Harry Potter, etc, its just of the same genre: fantasy. By that same rational, all "Chick flicks" are the same, too. And to people who don't enjoy them, I guess they are, but to people who do like them, each one is a completely new experience. This was a great movie for kids about 8-14, which is really who the books and movies are aimed at anyway. If you think they're silly, maybe you should go to a movie that lacks fantasy and imagination... kind of like you do.
People need to calm down
about it "attacking" the
catholic church. It's a
great movie, and it's not
even based around that.
It's based around a 12 year
old girl that wants to save
her friend from "gobblers",
th ey book was fantastic,
obviously better than the movie,
but aren't all books better
than the movies?
The Golden Compa** was one of the most incredible viewing experiences I've ever had. The story was excellent, the visuals were stunning, the acting (especially Ms. Kidman) was perfect. I don't see how anyone who's ever heard about the Crusades or the witch-burnings/ hangings would ever think the Catholic church is incapable of being bad guys, but let's face it this isn't even about them ... it's a fantasy parallel world. And I didn't even read the book ... yet. But since everyone I've talked to says the book is EVEN BETTER, I definitely intend to. Easily the best fantasy movie since LOTR (MUCH better than Narnia). I just hope it hasn't gone over the heads of the audience so badly that the other two parts can't be made. It would be a shame to stop here!
It's true this movie does little credit to the book (read before going), but then most books this long don't make good films. The effects and visuals were outstanding and the characters well done. I'd see it again just for those. Don't jump on the anti-christian bandwagon until you've read the books-you'd be surprised!
This movie is an attempt at copycatting and cashing in on previously successful movies such as Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, etc. The thinly veiled attempt at making "The Magisterium" look evil and the source of the worlds confusion about truth is an obvious attack on the Catholic Church. This is clearly Hollywood's continued attack on religious beliefs and sound moral teaching. I hope the public gets wise to this and sends a clear message that the planned follow-up movies are NEVER put into production.
This movie was a complete waste of time and money. I think the people who would enjoy this movie A. read the book(s)and are crazy about them so couldn't possibly dislike the film as long as it had nice effects, and the storyline wasnt completely mangled; and B. Are 9-11 year old girls who are set on making all their own decisions.
N o closure in any aspect of the plot, at all. Not completely anti-Christiani ty, true; just anti-Christian teachings, in many respects. Witches are good, demons are not from hell, everyone has one (more like familiars in the mainstream fantasy genre), and the Magisterium (who has no qualms about poisoning its critics) is completely relatable to the Catholic Church. Save yourself the money, wait for the DVD to rent... once.
Everybody is saying that this movie is atheistic and many christians really seem to be in an uproar about this movie but so far, in the first movie of the trilogy, there is nothing anti-christian in it. It shares many similarities with The Chronicles of Narnia so if you liked The L,W, and the W, you will enjoy the Golden Compass. The Daemons went a little unexplained as well as the chosen one and life before the Majestrate, but the Harry Potter series went through the same thing. There is just too much info in the books to be smoothly translated into one 2 hour movie. They did well considering this obstacle however. My advice would be to read the book before seeing the movie
Be aware that this is the first part of a sequel. Visual effects were great, but too much of the first book was crammed into this movie. Resulting (unless you have read all of the books) in not really knowing what and why things were happening. Maybe they were trying too hard to be like Narnia with the neat computer animations, instead of concentrating on what the story is about: Dust, The Choosen One, parallel worlds, and the purpose of the demons.
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