The stunningly beautiful and chillingly evil Mrs. Coulter with Lyra
Well you have to when something like The Golden Compass comes along don’t you? And I am very glad I did. Much as I’m getting a bit of an old fogie and preferring the comforts of my sofa and DVD player and far nicer film food provided far more cheaply by my own personal kitchen, some films you just have to see on the really big screen.
Now it’s been a while since I read the books but as far as I can tell The Golden Compass was pretty faithful to the original book, which I often question why don’t all movie adaptations of books actually stick to them when at all possible, unlike the dreadful abomination that is The Dark is Rising movie. After all look at the Harry Potter movies, pretty faithful, big hits. Shows that you can’t argue with a good book. Anyway I’d heard lots of talk about how they’d toned down the anti-religious references, I don’t think they did so overly, but then again the books get more anti-religious as you go through the series, so they weren’t that anti-religion in the first place, I can imagine though that using an adapted St. Paul’s as the Magistrium might annoy a few people.
London of the Golden Compass – I loved how this reality still had the Gherkin!
I think what might concern parents more when taking their small children to see this film is the level of violence, in particular the Ice Bear fights, there is one moment where literally the entire movie audience sat back in unison in their chairs and gasped, however in conveying the violence, strength and importance of the fight between the two Ice Bears it was very well done.
From Comic-Con 2007
The Ice Bears was my favourite bit though, those along with the daemons were very well done. Can’t wait for the next movie!