January 05, 2008

The Golden Compass

I just got back from seeing the movie The Golden Compass a second time. This time I went by myself. I do have a habit of seeing the same movie over and over again if I really like it. I think I saw The Lion King about 25 times.

What I like about The Golden Compass is that it's the first book in my favorite series ever--His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I love these books. It's a shame they're placed in the young adult section because they are very much adult books. Teens will enjoy them but grown-ups will find deeper understanding.

Much has been made about the movie (and the book's) anti-religious themes. Yes, it's anti-organized religion. Unlike many people, I have no problem reading books that challenge my way of thinking. In fact, my motto is pretty much, "Banned by a religious group? Hey--I'll read that!"

Anyway, just wanted to highly endorse the movie and the books.

Posted by Shelby at January 5, 2008 10:48 PM

Someone gave Corie this novel from Christmas (I think it was your mother.) The good news is that it's on her Reading Counts list at school so she get's credit for English if she finishes it.

Posted by: Katrina Rosiak at January 6, 2008 03:26 PM

I really adore the entire His Dark Materials trilogy, but I found the Golden Compass movie rather lacking. It felt very disjointed given how fast it jumped from event to event and some of the omissions were glaring. I don't want to go into detail so as to avoid spoiling things for your readers, so I won't mention specifics.

I did think the girl who played Lyra was very good, as was the actor who played Lee Scoresby, plus having Ian McKellen as the voice actor for Iorek was a nice bonus.

Posted by: Erik at January 7, 2008 03:49 AM

I thought it was interesting how the entire audience in my theater let out one combined GASP when Iorek ended the polar bear fight...calm down people.

Posted by: Sherri at January 9, 2008 11:13 AM
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