The Golden Compass (review)

20th December 2007 at 10:04:52 pm

I have finally seen the film for myself, and I must say, bra-vo.

(Warning, possible spoilers ahead!)

At first, I was a little irritated by the actress portraying Lyra. Of course, throughout the three books I grew deeply fond of her, and so seeing her portrayed on the screen as such a brash way caught me off guard. I certainly learned to love her by the end, however, so no worries.

I was a little surprised when Iorek punched the jaw right off the king, not expecting such brutality in an otherwise mostly tame fight, but I feel it really helped to crystallize our understanding of his deep commitment to and love for Lyra.

Of course, I am glad they set themselves up so swimmingly for the next book, because I’m really looking forward to it. However, this surprise ending has caused a lot of angry people, and plenty of people I have spoken to were unaware of the later books until the credits began to roll and the story was left hanging. I’m sure they could’ve done something to smooth that out more, but who cares, as long as they make the next one quick, right? :)

Overall, I’d have to say it was a fantastic film, with plenty of action, adventure, and even a little romance. Obviously not for everyone, but nothing is, and that’s what makes the world go ’round. Will definitely be counting days for the second film! :D

Author Bio: Tianon Gravi

Tianon is a programmer for a respectable software company.

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