A Week, A Break: COMPASS

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
Ferdinand Foch
French general (1851 – 1929)

Last night, I went to see the movie based on the book of the same name written by Phillip Pullman, The Golden Compass. I found it to be quite faithful from a fan point of view, the only problems were the fact that they didn’t elaborate on the subject of Dust, since it was “made” as a children’s film instead of the fantasy/philosophy book for young adults it was supposed to be. If you haven’t read all three books of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, look away now. Dust is a substance that proved that there were more than one world and served as the Magisterium Churches’ way of connecting Daemons, children, knowledge and things they consider blasphemous as a part of the Original Sin. If the director/producer/whoever was at the helm of producing this film elaborated further on it like the book had done from the first go, all the Christians would be more than pissed off; it would be like a crazy American mother and the Vatican condemning the Harry Potter series of books because of the evil supposedly represented. Everybody portrayed their parts perfectly, except for Lyra; I thought her savagery was downplayed a bit. The whole theme about knowledge being bad and also of ignorance is also quite rife, mirroring the exact same thing in this society (except that this one relies more on Creationism more than anything). But the flak this film caught was nothing compared to a certain author who received hate-mail and death threats from both sides after people learning that he became an Atheist. A bit dry in parts, too compacted and it leaves a feeling of eating a meal without being full in the belly and satisfied. I hope Pullman will help in the next one instead of leaving it hanging, as it were.

  1. i thought the actor who played lyra was kinda pretentious. is the character in the book like that? but i love nicole kidman.

    i think i will enjoy the book better. just waiting for it to be available in the library. 🙂

  2. Lyra Belaqua/Silvertongue was a savage, lying, dirty brat (speaking ungrammatically, etc) in the book who rebelled constantly, but never pretentious like the film’s version of her is.

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