emlogomain.jpg

Main
Facebook
Tumblr
News/ Updates
DVD Reviews
DVD Reviews 2017 to 2022
Blu-ray Reviews
2022 Blu-ray and 4K UHD reviews
Blu-ray Reviews 2021
Blu-ray Reviews 2020
Blu-ray Reviews 2019
Blu-ray reviews 2018
Movie Reviews
Movie Reviews 2019 to 2022
TV
Interviews
Movie Review- THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER
Blu-ray Review: THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT
Blu-ray Review: FIRESTARTER (2022)
Movie Review- TOP GUN: MAVERICK
Movie Review- JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION
4K UHD review: LIFEFORCE
Blu-ray Review- WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE
Blu-ray Review: BELLE
DVD Review: THE KING'S DAUGHTER
Blu-ray review: PROJECT GEMINI
Movie Review: EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
Blu-ray Review: SETTLERS
Movie Review: THE NORTHMAN
Blu-ray Review: HOUSE OF GUCCI
Blu-ray Review- GHOSTBUSTERS AFERLIFE
Blu-ray Review: LAST NIGHT IN SOHO
Blu-ray 4K Review- RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY
Movie Review- SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
Blu-ray Review: RAGING FIRE
Movie Review: THE MARIX RESURRECTIONS
4K Blu-ray Review: NO TIME TO DIE
DVD Review: THE FLOOD
Blu-ray Review: DOCTOR WHO Season 24
Blu-ray Review: CANDYMAN (2021)
Blu-ray Review- DOCTOR WHO: EVIL OF THE DALEKS (import)
Movie Review: DUNE Part One
Blu-ray review: ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS
Blu-ray Review: THE COLONY (2021)
Movie Review: ETERNALS
Movie Review: NO TIME TO DIE
Movie Review: HALLOWEEN KILLS
Blu-ray Review: THE GREEN KNIGHT
Blu-ray Review: FAST VENGEANCE
4K Blu-ray Review: BLACK WIDOW
Blu-ray Review: F9 THE FAST SAGA
Blu-ray Review: DOCTOR WHO Season 8 (1971)
4K Blu-ray Review: PROSPECT
Blu-ray Review: SPARE PARTS
blu-ray Review: SIBERIA (2021)
Blu-ray Review: DOORS (2021)
Blu-ray Review: THE UNHEALER
Blu-ray Review: VOYAGERS
Blu-ray Review: TIMELINE (import)
Blu-ray review: KING KONG (1976)
4K UHD Blu-ray review: PERDITA DURANGO
Blu-ray Review: PYSCHO GOREMAN
DVD Review: SKY SHARKS
DVD Review: WILLY'S WONDERLAND
Blu-ray Review: EVENT HORIZON Collector's Edition
Blu-ray Review: SPUTNIK
Blu-ray Review: PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Blu-ray Review: MONSTER HUNTER
Blu-ray Review: SOUTHLAND TALES
Blu-ray Review: SHADOW IN THE CLOUD
Blu-ray Review: SPACEWALKER
Blu-ray review: THE IPCRESS FILE
DVD Review: STRANDED ON MARS
Blu-ray Review: TENET
DVD Review: SKYLINES
Blu-ray Review: POSSESSOR UNCUT
Blu-ray review: FLASH GORDON
Movie Review: TENET
PHOTOGRAPHY

THE GOLDEN COMPASS
movie review by David Blackwell

113 minutes, PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

STARRING Dakota Blue Richards (Lyra Belacqua) , Nicole Kidman (Marsia Coulter), Daniel Craig (Lord Asriel), Sam Elliot (Lee Scoresby), Eva Green (Serafina Pekkala), Ian McKellan (voice of Iorek Byrnison)
Written by Chris Weitz (screenplay), based on the novel Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
DIRECTED by Chris Weitz

STUDIO: New line Cinema/ Ingenious Film Partners
Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 12-7-2007

PLOT SYNOPSIS: In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua (of Jordan College in Oxford) journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a sinister religious organization known as the Magesterium. She receives helps from a cowboy airman, gypsies, witches, and a talking armored Polar Bear. A truth telling instrument called The Golden Compass helps guide her journey.

ANALYSIS: THE GOLDEN COMPASS is a misfire. It has great casting, but character development is skipped over for the most part and voital scenes from the book are missing. The films feels extremely rushed. The plot isn't developed enough and people who haven't read the novel will feel confused. I loved the novel (known as THE GOLDEN COMPASS in the USA).

Then the movie ends at the wrong point. The studio wanted to end the film on an up note and that meant the downbeat climax was removed during editing. If the sequel (based on The subtle knife) gets made, the ending will be the start of the sequel). By doing that, the film adaptation of the first book ends weakly. THE GOLDEN COMPASS is a hollow viewing experience only held up by a greatly imagined world (enhanced by CGI) and fantastic casting (Derek Jacobi and Christopher Lee play small parts as council members of the Magesterium). I just hope an extended cut will appear on DVD and that it helps turn the film into a good adaptation instead of a mediocre one.

this movie review is (c)12-12-2007 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com  


look for additional content at http://enterline-media.tripod.com  and http://enterlinemedia.livejournal.com