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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials

Featuring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig & Dakota Blue Richards

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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  Good Special Effects

| | See all Grahame5373's reviews (282)

The Golden Compass is a 2007 fantasy-adventure film, it stars Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Sam Elliot, Ian McKellen, Ben Walker and Freddie Highmore.

The story centers around the adventures of Lyra Belacqua, an orphan living in a parallel universe on a world that looks much like our own. In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Lyra's greatest adventure begins the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust- found only in the vast Artic expanse of the North that is rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes.

But there are those who fear the particle and will stop at nothing to destroy it. Lyra is forced to seek aid from clans, gyptians, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she has not the faintest clue that she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.

The film has wonderful special effects, with a good beginging and middle, but like the other reviewers I can only agree that the end is poor.

  Great until the end !

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I watched this movies with my 12 year old daughter and we thought all the reviews saying it was awful were unjustified until we got to the end which was very sudden and abrupt which took us by surprise and left us wondering where the rest of the film was. Overall it was a good movie but was slightly hard to understand at first because we haven't read the book.

  Disgraceful ending!

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As a big fan of the book, this was a disappointing adaptation for me, as the filmmakers butcher one of the best books in existance today and take out practically everything which makes 'The Golden Compass' stand out from the usual humdrum fantasy stories - particularly its philosophical and religious elements. The CGI was visually stunning but it hardly compensates for this poor adaptation.

The only redeeming feature for me personally was Nicole Kidman's fantastic protrayal of Mrs Coulter, as she balances the maternal side of the character with her ruthlessness to absolute perfection. Daniel Craig made a compelling Lord Asriel too, and Dakota Blue Richards shone as Lyra.

The story, however, is simply not given the respect it deserves in the film, and the plot is watered down beyond recognition. I felt the story was far too rushed and could have done with at least another 45 minutes to tell the story as thoroughly as possible.

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  Gobsmackingly Awful

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After having read the book, which (if you bear with it for the first few chapters) is absolutely magical I bought the film.

I didn't expect the film to be as good, these things never are, but this film was exceptionally bad. They include all the important parts, however they don't bother to set them up properly (so you don't quite understand why) and they do them in the wrong order. I understood the film, simply because I have read the books but anyone who hasn't will be understandably lost (it takes some working out to find out who what and where anyway).

The book is FANTASTIC and I would recommend it highly, its been a long time since a book has had me that hooked (although the first few chapters are hard going). The film however is AWFUL. Please read the book and forget the film..

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  what a disappointment

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Having seen this film without having read any of the books, I was hoping to be royally entertained. Boy how wrong was I?

What was James Bond doing in this movie? I'm afraid I was the one being shaken not stirred as I nodded off for five minutes whilst I was watching it and was only woken up by the offer of a mince pie (it was Christmas Eve you see).

I can't understand what all the fuss was about when this film came out and I'm afraid it hasn't prompted me to read the books. The story was disjointed although the special effects weren't too bad.

The mince pie was nice though..

  Great Movie

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This was an excellent film, everything you could ask for in an fantasy adventure. Wicked woman, battling animals, child stealing and some big stars too. All good fun for the family.

  averagely golden

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This film wasnt bad, i actually enjoyed the film itself- i really liked the whole idea about the Daemons and their attachment to humans-anyone who has seen this will know what i mean, but i guarantee you start pondering over what kind of Daemon would suit you! There was however, one big flaw called Dakota Blue Richards, o.k she's and incredibly lucky girl to be in a film as big as this- but as confident as she is,in some scenes she is really bad. overall, good effects and great cgi...

  Love it!

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I absolutely loved this film! Ive never read the book but my boyfriend has and even he thought the film was fab, although like most books and films not exact;y the same. The film is great and for all ages! would hugely reccomend!!!!

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  BOOOOOOOOOORING

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This film is rubbish do not buy. I watched half of it on a plane and fell asleep!!!

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  Better than expected

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I don't know what all the fuss was about, I thought this film was pretty good. The acting was fine and the special effects were fantastic. No film is ever as good as the book and this is no exception. At the end of the day the book was aimed more specifically at children and the film is the same. Definitely recommended.

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