The Golden Compass (movie) – Amazon Streaming Version
The Golden Compass is a 2007 fantasy-adventure film based on Northern Lights (published as The Golden Compass in the U.S.), the first novel in Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials. The film was released on December 7, 2007 by New Line Cinema. Directed by Chris Weitz, it stars Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Sam Elliot, Ian McKellen, Ben Walker, Freddie Highmore and Magda Szubanski. The project was announced in February 2002, following the success of recent adaptations of other fantasy epics, but troubles over the script and the selection of a director caused significant delays. At US$180 million, it was one of New Line’s most expensive projects ever,and its middling success in the US contributed to New Line’s February 2008 restructuring.
From intense “Steam Punk” city-scape’s, to aerial and nautical travel through a world ALMOST like ours, this movie is every fantasy fans dream. Even seeing it for the third time it was breathtaking. Partly because I stream Amazon through my PC and sometimes my Kindle Fire and run them through a projector. On my wall the screen is 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall, and still perfectly clear. I run the sound through my band’s PA system. Its not surround sound, but it’ll shake your guts. I will make a post about my theater system soon, as it is under $2k and provides a better than regular movie experience from the sofa.
Back to Pullman’s masterpiece. Lyra will steal your heart and the idea of Daemons is fascinating. The wild west – India meets Africa cultures and the Gyptions are amazing parallel creations. Then there is the bears and the winter scenes that come straight from liquor bottle advertisements from the magazines of my youth. One word Amazing!.two words MUST SEE!
My only complaint is that the rest hasn’t been made into film. DO NOT DESPAIR. Reading books II and III will be better than watching it. The series gets better.
5 stars – Must Read Must See – M.R.