The Golden Compass (2007)

The Golden Compass 2007

US Title:
The Golden Compass
Chris Weitz

What’s It About?
Adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel The Golden Compass (aka Northern Lights), the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. The story centers around a young girl in a parallel universe who sets out on a quest to rescue her kidnapped friend from a sinister organization.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
It looks good. The visuals, effects, and cinematography are great. Unfortunately, those are the only good things about this movie. Despite having a great cast, the script is awful and the story is a mess: nonsensical, frustrating, littered with plot holes and clunky exposition, and a disservice to the source material. The movie’s ending is different than the book’s ending (in some ways the change was good, in others it was not), closing with a small cliffhanger setting up the sequels. However, since this film performed so poorly and was deservedly panned by critics, the follow-up films were never made.

Final Grade: D

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