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North Texas Objectivist Society (NTOS) Message Board › The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

A former member
Post #: 58
I wish I could have gone to the sneak previews of 'The Golden Compass' last Saturday but unfortunately I had neither the time, the transportation nor the money.

However, based on the 10-15 minutes of the movie available on Yahoo! Movies, I'm going to stick my neck out and give a big thumbs up to 'The Golden Compass' - or at least to what I've managed to see of it so far. I've been anticipating this movie for some time and the few reviews I've seen so far have been less than whole-hearted in giving the film any praise. But on viewing the preview clips on Yahoo! Movies - including the first five minutes in high-resolution Quick Time - I'm now more keen to see this film than ever and the only concern I now have is whether or not I'll want to see it more than once while it's still playing in the theaters.

I could remark on many of the elements in those clips but overall I think that if anyone is looking for a good reason to go see this movie based on sheer entertainment value alone then I would say that what I have seen looks better than 'Lord of the Rings' AND 'Harry Potter'!

But if you want specifics I could start with Nicole Kidman giving what looks like it could be the best performance of her career: a sophisticated portrayal of pure evil which very much gives new meaning to the term "ice queen".

Daniel Craig: Lord Asriel as James Bond. Need I say I'm a James Bond fan?

Eva Green: will she better her performance in 'Casino Royale'? From the previews, her portrayal seems more powerful, more complex and more subtle.

Dakota Blue Richards: since she plays the central character, this movie rests on her shoulders. Frankly, for something like this I want to see someone who steals every scene she's in. Ms. Richards seems like she may be up to the task.

The wrong director can get in the way of even the best of actors. I saw no evidence of that in any of the clips. I did see evidence of a new level of visual sumptuousness which I profess I am a sucker for. But the action scenes look like they deliver.

Well, there you have it. A complex and exciting story and characters brilliantly portrayed amid resplendent visuals. What more could you ask for in a movie? Hopefully, 'The Golden Compass' delivers. We'll find out Friday if it lives up to its previews.

But don't take my word for it. Go to Yahoo! Movies and decide for yourself.
Plano, TX
Post #: 611
I saw the trailer last week - it looks pretty good - I like Nicole Kidman too, and she does bad very well. But your point of Daniel Craig and Eva Green are very good - I am willing to see this movie just to see both of them in a movie together again. (Anyone else think her last scene in Casino was just amazing?)
Karen G.
Sulphur, OK
Post #: 9
I had never heard of this before a relative dissed it because the books were written by an atheist. My immediate reaction was to order the books and plan to go see the movie lol. I just finished Confessor so the books are already working their way into my waking hours, and I plan on taking my granddaughter to the movie... if they let it play in this state - not a joke :( Otherwise we will hit the road to the great state of Texas - somewhat more progressive - and see it anyway.

Scott C.
Dallas, TX
Post #: 49
I have read all the books, and loved them until about the second half of the last book. The ending really ruined the whole series for me.

I also think the Atheist angle is way over-blown because God and various angels, as actual physical beings, do appear without doubt in the book.
A former member
Post #: 1
I just got back from seeing it in the theater. I actually hadn't heard of it until I saw a news article about some Catholics denouncing it. Then I read up on its pro-atheist message and I was pretty much sold at that point.

The movie is gorgeous; I love the quasi-Victorian, Art Deco aesthetic. Nicole Kidman's performance was, as it usually is, incredible. Her character is clearly mean (to put it nicely) but there's a tortured conflict within. I'm really curious to find out more about her. I don't think there were really any weak spots in the movie. The rest of the cast was certainly up to the challenge.

It's not a great movie, but I think it's still pretty good. I definitely want them to make the other two, and I'll be there on opening night probably. I'm also going to buy the books.
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