With the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy being my favourite books of all time, hearing that they were going to make them into movies excited me to say the least.
Pullmans versatile literature and wording of the books captured the hearts of children and adults alike, before Harry Potter was ever around and went on to win numerous awards.
I couldn't begin to imagine how much of a hard time the director was going to have, placing the characters and getting everything spot on, to match Pullman's way of writing.
Lee is perfectly placed and was exactly how I imagined him to be throughout the books.
Lyra was too prissy to compare. She wasn't near as confident nor open minded about things as she should have been.
Mrs Coulter was made out to be far too 'rich' for my liking. Reading from the book she seems like, not exactly a normal woman, but not so dressed up nor flashy.
Lord Asrial is the second of the two characters who I thought suited the part well. Daniel Craig does play a great job of him, although, I did expect his character to be slightly more darker than he came out with.
The first thing that disheartened me was the use of the American title; 'The Golden Compass'.
There is no such thing in any of the books as a 'Golden Compass'.
Northern Lights is much more suited, as you would realise if you had read the book.
To me, the whole movie lacked the spark that I got from reading the books and I was highly disappointed in some of the events that took place within the movie which differed highly from what I read.
Religion is an extremely big theme in the books, playing the biggest part of all and I was shocked to find that almost all religious aspects of the books had been erased, most probably to suit the audience.
Do not get me wrong, it's an excellent movie and I highly recommend it to people, but I suggest you read the books previous to watching it, so you have a better understanding of the actual storyline, as the film leaves important parts out.
Being an author myself, it's disheartening to see such an exquisite story being downgraded and amounting to less then it could have been.
It's a shame that people who haven't read the book are watching the movie and giving it criticism for how poorly it's been made or how the story seemed unfinished in certain places.
My opinion, which I know for a fact is many others, not just with this movie; Read the books first before you attempt to watch the movie and you'll have a much easier time understanding what's going on.