The Golden Compass is the first installment in Phillip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials. Movies were not created for the next two novels (at least of this writing and as far as I know). Starring Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Daniel Craig, Christopher Lee, Sam Elliot,and Ian McKellen (voice only), this is billed as a children’s fantasy movie.
I do have the book trilogy this film is based on, but as of this writing I have not read them. Having seen this movie a few times now, it is on my to-read list for the year.
I like the idea of different dimensions, daemons, armored bears, witches, and dust. McKellen and Lee are old friends from the LotR, Elliot is a favorite hand-me-down from my parents’ love of westerns, and Kidman is a wonderful actress in her own right. The cast is just good.
The plot (I’m told) is not the same as the book, and much of it is watered down, but on it’s own as a movie without a book, is a good movie. I like all the sub plots with Iorek and Lee, the Gyptians, and of course Lyra’s own sub plot about her parents. I will be reading the books now for sure.