Movie The Golden Compass (2007)

Watched 20110130 (McNaughton Plan from Eisenhower Library)
The Golden Compass (2007) Chris Weitz. 113 min [botn Northern Lights (1995) by Philip Pullman]

Relevant Links:
The Golden Compass (
The Golden Compass (film) ( I feel the introduction of this article (specifically the second paragraph when I read it on 20110130) gives away quite a chunk of the plot, about a quarter to a half of the movie. Don't read it if you don't want to spoil a chunk of the plot.
Northern Lights (novel) (

Great movie! Well, the ending had me a little stumped. Apparently, the film omitted the book ending, in case there was a sequel, because the book on which the film is based is part of a trilogy, and in the case of a sequel the ending to the first book would make a much more exciting beginning to a second film. Apparently, the movie was also made shorter that it could have been for budget reasons. Nevertheless, the special effects were great. I never got tired of the daemons turning into dust or the visual effects that accompany the use of the Golden Compass. Of course there's the daemons themselves. Speaking of which...

My favorite scene was the battle between Iorek and Ragnar.

I definitely made the connection between the movie and the religion themes. Apparently (I read quite a bit of the Wikipedia article for this movie after I finished watching it), this created a lot of controversy. I had no personal issues with the content of the movie.

Returning to the issue I brought forth above concerning the ending, I would have no complaints if a sequel was in the works, but seeing as there isn't one in the works, it is upsetting.

Library Information: (McNaughton Plan)
The Golden compass [videorecording] / New Line Cinema ; produced by Deborah Forte, Bill Carraro ; screenplay by Chris Weitz ; directed by Chris Weitz.
Fantasy films.
Action and adventure films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
[United States] : New Line Home Entertainment, 2008.
0780680162 :
1 videodisc (ca. 113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2007.
Based on the book 'Northern lights' by Philip Pullman.
14-19. Brodart
9-12. Brodart
For private home use only.
Soundtrack in English; subtitles in English or Spanish.
DVD; Dolby digital 5.1 DTS-ES discrete sound ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround EX ; Dolby digital stereo. surround; region 1; widescreen (2.35:1).
Kidman, Nicole, 1967-
Craig, Daniel, 1968-
Elliott, Sam, 1944-
Green, Eva, 1980-
Weitz, Chris, 1969-
Pullman, Philip, 1946- Northern lights.
McKellen, Ian.
McShane, Ian, 1942-
Highmore, Freddie, 1992-
Bates, Kathy, 1948-
Scott-Thomas, Kristin, 1960-
Forte, Deborah.
Carraro, William C.
Desplat, Alexandre.
New Line Cinema Corporation.
Director of photography, Henry Braham ; editors, Peter Honess, Anne V. Coates, Kevin Tent ; music by Alexandre Desplat.
Nicole Kidman, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Ian McKellen, Ian McShane, Freddie Highmore, Kathy Bates, Kristin Scott Thomas, Daniel Greg.
Control No.:
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

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