The Golden Compass (2007)
Critic Consensus: Without the bite or the controversy of the source material, The Golden Compass is reduced to impressive visuals overcompensating for lax storytelling.
A young girl embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darkness in director Chris Weitz's adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy. Screen newcomer Dakota Blue Richards stars as young heroine Lyra Belacqua, Casino Royale star Daniel Craig appears as Lyra's ruthless adventurer uncle, Lord Asriel, and Nicole Kidman assumes the glamorous guise of the villainous Mrs. Coulter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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as Mrs. Coulter
as Lord Asriel
as Lyra Belacqua
as Lee Scoursby
as Serafina Pekkala
as First High Councilor
as Farder Coram
as Magisterial Emissary
as Fra Pavel
as John Faa
as Ma Costa
as Iorek Byrinson
as Mrs. Lonsdale
as Second High Councilo...
as Tony Costa
as Billy Costa
as Kerim Costa
as Sister Clara
as Ragnar Sturlusson
as Iorek Byrnison
as Younger Fellow
as Bolvangar Doctor
as Passing Scholar
as Daemon Puppeteer
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Critic Reviews for The Golden Compass
Begets the less than ringing endorsement, 'Yeah, whatever. It was OK I suppose.'
The Golden Compass isn't bad, it's cast is too good and it's too well made, but something fundamental to good storytelling - heart - has been lost, leaving a final product as icy and impossible to care for as Mrs. Coulter herself.
An engaging fantasy adventure that, albeit no masterpiece, is hardly the disaster one might have imagined.
I realize that when you make a book into a movie you cannot include every single detail, but it seems like Weitz purposely tried to take all of the magic out of the story.
Audience Reviews for The Golden Compass
Stylish, slick, and unfortunately troubled by another studio forcing a writer and director to try and cut a movie down so its more income friendly. In the end you get some quality acting and some sweet visuals. Heres to the sequel getting a shot.
Its basic, nothing is explored to make this film something that the youth in modern day will enjoy and... They haven't.
It's deeper, darker, and much more engaging than the likes of fantasies like the Narnia franchise. The Golden Compass is beautifully made with effects that will leave you in awe, backed with impressive acting and a magical and ambitious fantasy storyline that blew my mind. It was never going to be a perfect adaption (it isn't). It's only jaw dropping and incredible if you've never read the books (apparantly), I didn't. The Golden Compass is not a bad movie.
The Golden Compass Quotes
|Lyra Belacqua:||We'll set things right. We will. You, and me, and Iorek, and Serafina Pekkala, and Mr. Scoresby. And my father. We'll set it right, Pan. Just let them try to stop us.|
|Lord Asriel:||I propose to discover a world much like our own in a parallel universe.|
|Fra Pavel:||That is heresy!|
|Lord Asriel:||That is the truth.|
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