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Golden Compass is Surprisingly Good

January 14, 2008

A preview of The Golden Compass came with our DVD of Hairspray (thanks Dave!). GC wasn’t even on our radar screen of movies to see because it was generally panned by the critics.   But the previews looked great so we saw it last night.  Here are some quick impressions since I really need to be ironing pants for work rather than blogging:

  1. Story line is complex but rich
  2. Well acted 
  3. Fabulous costumes – If you enjoy watching Nicole Kidman’s red carpet mojo and/or if you knit, run don’t walk to this movie
  4. Wonderful looking in general, lots of eye candy, but thankfully it doesn’t have to carry the movie 
When the movie ended (actually just the beginning of a series that I hope can still be made considering its chilly public reception), I asked John and Dave, “Is it just me, or was that movie really awesome?”  They agreed it was awesome.  
Only reason I can imagine GC had trouble is that it was marketed to the Narnia crowd, which is unfortunate.  It works as a great fairy tale, but it’s really more for the science fiction fans.   
And as for the “but it’s anti-church” hoopla*.  Well, yeah, it kind of is, but it only criticizes the part of the church that requires people to check their brains at the door.  And for that matter, it criticizes any institution that does the same.  Personally, I saw many pro-faith allusions.  To me, GC has more to say about our current political situation than any crisis of religion.  
*And the daemons (pronounced liked demons in GC, which probably wigged some church folk out) seem to be modeled on the Greek notion of lower order spirits (in Greek mythology, love is a daemon) rather than the evil spirits in Judeo-Christian tradition.