Based on author Philip Pullman's bestselling and award-winning novel, The Golden Compass tells the first story in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure, set in an alternative world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals, talking bears fight wars, and Gyptians and witches co-exist. At the center of the story is Lyra (played by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards), a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who's been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers - and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well.
The Golden Compass stars an ensemble cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, and Ian McShane. The film is written and directed by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, Antz) and produced by Deborah Forte and Bill Carraro (Frequency).
The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure, set in a parallel world where peoples souls manifest themselves as small animals, talking bears fight wars, and children are mysteriously disappearing. At the centre of the story is a 12 year old girl, Lyra, who sets out to find and rescue her best friend, Roger, and ends up on an extraordinary quest to save not only her own world, but ours as well.
The Golden Compass stars Nicole Kidman and the impossibly glamorous and possibly dangerous Mrs Coulter, Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel, a ruthless adventurer and scholar with a mysterious past, and talented newcomer, Dakota Blue Richards, who won the role of Lyra after an exhaustive search throughout England.
The film is based on the first book (published as The Golden Compass in the US and Northern Lights in UK and Europe) of Philip Pullmans best selling, award winning trilogy, His Dark Materials.
Although a bit slow in parts, the tale was one filled with beauty and intrigue. The Golden Compass is filled with many fantastic ideas and shows a true tale of courage.
Nicole Kidman plays a fantastic villaness and Daniel Craig must be applauded for his reole as Lord Azrael. Dakota Richards also plays Lyra beautifully, bringing strength and warmth to her character.
Although the ending obviously leaves off for another film, it's a worry that one may not be coming due to the bad reception from many people. With luck, the next film may yet come out to finish the tale.
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