His Dark Materials: Season 1 Reviews

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November 4, 2019
What results is a His Dark Materials adaptation more focused on significant character moments and dramatic developments, instead of a story incessantly worrying over yet another McGuffin.
November 4, 2019
Director Tom Hooper corresponds with lavishly filmed, meticulously designed scenes, over a zippy momentum, and frequently the low camera angles of a child's view.
November 4, 2019
The pilot throws a lot of mythology and world-building at viewers up front... but stick with it and you'll be rewarded with a rich world that grows far wider and deeper as the story progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 4, 2019
It's a wonderful story, rendered with the liveliness-and the budget-Pullman's books deserve.
November 4, 2019
Boasts an excellent cast, some impressive visual effects and seems far more aligned to Pullman's trilogy than the much-maligned movie.
November 4, 2019
This is a beautiful, brooding vision of Pullman's universe, which retains the mix of childish wonder and darkness that make his books so beguiling to young adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2019
His Dark Materials remains a world worth exploring, but whether you're comparing it to the source material or coming to it fresh, this series is weak tea.
November 4, 2019
Even the most anal nitpicker would struggle to pick a fight with the inspired casting and lavish production values, especially Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter and Dafne Keen as Lyra, who put in the standout performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2019
Dafne Keen is terrific as restlessly rambunctious teenage heroine Lyra, who seeks exciting new experiences when she leaves the stuffy Oxford college in which she was raised as an orphan under murky circumstances.
November 4, 2019
Elevated to prime time and given the full CGI, at times the epic production threatened to overwhelm the central story of Lyra's dealings with duplicitous adults - the journey from innocence to experience - but it wasn't hard to be swept along for the ride
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2019
Dafne Keen is a find, perfectly portraying that tricky period on the cusp of adolescence when you're desperate to grow up but a tiny bit afraid of it too. Lyra is a wonderful character, rule-breaking and brave, unaware that a great destiny awaits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2019
So far though, "His Dark Materials" manages to conjure a spectacle (two words: armored bears) without burying the source's ideas.
November 4, 2019
For now, at least, His Dark Materials is playing an absolutely straight bat. It's a canny, gorgeous, well-cast and gently paced telling that gives the mythology of this world space to breathe.
November 4, 2019
Keen is as likable here as she was in superhero film "Logan," but in the few episodes made available for review, the series struggles to give Lyra a voice or any agency. Events happen to her, adults explain things and she goes along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2019
Despite the new series being a BBC co-production with HBO, it looks so far as though these ideas will not be compromised this time round.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 2, 2019
I suppose this is a recommendation, though I reiterate. If high fantasy isn't your thing, watching this is definitely going to feel like work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2019
Visually, it's Art Deco meets steampunk, with the airships and canal barges feeling a little less fresh than when this world first tumbled from Pullman's rich imagination; but his themes are ever-pertinent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2019
Proof that TV is now the best medium for bringing epic literary fantasy to the screen.
November 1, 2019
His Dark Materials seems like a daemon who hasn't settled on a form quite yet, and that's oddly endearing in its own way, too. For now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2019
It's a good story, told with restraint and respect. Pity about the magic, though.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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