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Golden Compass
OK. Well, I went to see the Golden Compass tonight.
I re-read the book (which is the Northern Lights, not the Golden compass at all).

And ... well, the film itself, I'm afraid was disappointing. I won't go as far as saying it was awful, but I think my time might have been better spent.

The film itself, felt like they rushed all the way through it. As if they filmed the whole thing, had it come out to 4 hours long, and got told that the final cut had to be sub 2 hours.

The characters didn't really get ... well brought out at all actually. Most of 'em I only knew who they were because of the fact I'd recently re-read the story. A friend who was with us, who hadn't read it, was ... vaguely entertained, and didn't feel like he was missing the story, so I guess they didn't do _too_ bad a job of telling us what was going on.

Oh, and they kept on pointing out that the Alethiometer _was_ the golden compass, in case you were too stupid to figure that bit out.

Generally, disappointing. Pretty, and some fun special effects. Thought the Alethiometer was a cool, and so were the zepplins, and the carriage. But generally, forced pace and placeholder characters meant this film is not one that will last on.

Oh, and the books themselves have ... shall we say certain religious overtones. Very heavily toned down in the film, although still just about present. Which again, I felt detracted somewhat from the underlying narrative. I mean, it is kind of the whole point of the story arc.

Good special effects budget, but let down by being a bit too much of a halfway house between forcing there to be certain 'bits' of the story, but at the same time not giving enough time to any single one of them.

But I'll forgive them if they make a special edition DVD that's 4-5 hours long with all the bits that didn't make it to the final cut.
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damianobf From: damianobf Date: December 6th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
the original book was called northern lights over here and Golden Compass in america I believe... I don't know why!?

And yeah the religion overtones were massively cut down partly I think to outcries over it (and still in America there are major objections to the film on religous grounds.)

I still plan to go and see it hopefully next Tuesday.
fishrgreat From: fishrgreat Date: December 6th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Pullman originally titled it the Golden Compass, and sold it in America first, before it came here. The english publishers didn't like the name and so it was changed. And lo, since it's an American film, it is called the Golden Compass.

If you think about it, it being the golden compass makes more sense with the other names of the books in the series...
sobrique From: sobrique Date: December 6th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
'spose it does.

But I wish they'd not felt the need to hit you over the head with what the 'golden compass' was. I swear, they clarified that the Alethiometer was a golden compass at least three or four times. I mean, how stupid do you have to be to not be able to tell that the ONLY gold thing in the film, with a wibbly needle that points at things, is a compass.
nakedsamuraiguy From: nakedsamuraiguy Date: December 6th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Was Daniel Craig as rubbish and wooden as ever?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: December 6th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I only got about two lines, so it's hard to say.
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