The Golden Compass
Well even after seeing the film, I am still left to wonder what the big controversy is all about. I had never read the book series that New Line Cinema is hoping to be the next Harry Potter and if the film is an indication of what is to come. I am not even sure that i want to see part 2 nor 3, if they ever get made. I could somewhat see why the Catholic League is protesting this film, but in the end its a lot to do about not a really good film. For those who have no ideal about the film or anything about it please click on to this link for a better understanding, but please be wary this is a heavy spoiler preview also. Now what I liked about the film, The casting of Sam Elliott as Lee Scoresby was exactly what the role required.
When you see him in the film, you soon realize that he is a lot more that what he seems at first. The casting of Ian McKellen as the voice of Iorek Byrnison, as an armored bear. Now I had no idea what a bear would do with some serious armor protection, but with the voice of Sir Ian, you believe that he will protect the hero of the film. Now I realize that this film is part 1 of a 3 part film, but the first one should have been so much better that what we were given. I had said earlier that I had not read any of the books yet but even I could tell that something just was not right nor was it making sense in the way that it was told in the movie, it just seemed like way too many holes were in this film.
It looks about 40-60 minutes too short. From what I could tell if you are a huge fan of the book then do not see the film at all, you will leave the movie palace, very angry. If you have young children (10 years old and up) then this looks like it would be a good film for them to see. For the parents, it will leave you frustrated. I can see a good film in this film, but all we get in another mess by the end of the day. .
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