The Golden Compass (2007) 2/10 fantasy adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Chris Weitz
Writer (Screenplay): Chris Weitz
Writer (Original Book) Northern Lights: Philip Pullman
Producer: Deborah Forte
Producer: Bill Carraro
Nicole Kidman: Mrs Coulter
Dakota Blue Richards: Lyra
Sam Elliott: Lee Scoresby
Eva Green: Serafina Pekkala
Christopher Lee: First High Councilor
Tom Courtenay: Farder Coram
Derek Jacobi: Magisterial Emissary
Ian McKellen: The Voice of Iorek Byrnison
Ian McShane: The Voice of Ragnar Sturlusson
Freddie Highmore: The Voice of Pantalaimon
Kathy Bates: The Voice of Hester
Kristin Scott Thomas: The Voice of Stelmaria
Daniel Craig: Lord Asriel

Golden Compass, The (2007)

After been given a unique Alethiometer (a device which tells the truth) and told to keep it secret, Lyra finds herself the target of people who want the device for themselves. So, she whips it out at every opportunity and reads it using, not the symbols on its circumference and applying logic and insight, but by doing an pretty gold CG whoosh effect because audiences are idiots.

2/10

It’s really quite surprising just how unconvincing this fantasy adventure is. The operation of the Golden Compass and just about every plot point, conversation and character interaction doesn’t make sense. Then, at the end of the movie, you realise that it was supposed to be all about rescuing this boy and not about any of the things you thought it was about. It doesn’t help that the acting from unlikable lead Dakota Blue Richards is wooden and disdainful. The single extra star is for an unexpectedly awesome climax to Ian McKellen’s big fight scene (SPOILER he rips the lower jaw off Ian McShane – they’re bears, by the way).

This movie contains brief graphic fantasy violence, other fantasy violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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