Becky and I went to see a sneak preview of The Golden Compass at the AMC theaters at Flat Irons Crossing on Friday night. The Yahoo website at The Golden Compass describes the movie as follows:
“Based on author Philip Pullman’s novel, ‘The Golden Compass’ is an exciting fantasy adventure, set in an alternative world where people’s souls manifest themselves as animals, talking bears fight wars, and Gyptians and witches co-exist. At the center of the story is Lyra (played by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards), a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who’s been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers – and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well. The cast includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, and Ian McShane.”
The Golden Compass is a the controversial children’s film written by the atheist author Phillip Pullman who supposedly has said that his whole intention was to write a book that kills God. The whole notion of that is completely absurd and ridiculous, but even with his goofy religious views aside, and I do mean religious since it takes more faith to believe that God doesn’t exist than that he does. In fact, if you write a book that you’re going to kill God and yet you claim that you don’t believe that God exists, okay, I won’t go there.
However, I will say that I love talking to people who are so foolish that they claim to know everything there is to know in the unknown Universe that they can actually claim that they are convinced that God doesn’t exist. It’s actually laughable. At least the Agnostic is smart enough to say that he or she doesn’t know if there is a God, but someone who claims to be an atheist is a fool.
That’s the problem with this film, it’s rather foolish. There are plenty of great special effects. The characters are interesting, including the beautiful Nicole Kidman, but it reminded me of Harry Potter meets The Davinci Code. Like Harry Potter there is a battle between good and evil with a child that has special wizard skills, but like The Davinci Code there is a great conspiracy with the Church denying the existence of dust and a giant cover up. Keep in mind that this is supposed to be a children’s film, but it’s too adult with an agenda.
That’s really the problem with this film. I didn’t have a problem with the movie’s message, even with the animal spirit guides being called “demons”, which was obviously a ploy to tick some parents off. I just thought it was boring. I think that it over-promised and under-delivered since there was so much hype surrounding the movie.
Our advice is to wait for the Rental or Don’t Bother and if you take your kids they will probably be pretty bored, unless they are older kids. I know my nephew Sterling in Florida liked it.
John – ** Rental
Becky – * Don’t Bother
Barney: Let’s Go on Vacation
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