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The Golden Compass 
As a Fan of the Books, This is a Good Introduction
3/4 stars

It's good enough as an adaptation of the book. Sure, there were quite a handful of choppy moments which made me wonder why they showed certain scenes in the first place but one can't deny the imagination and effort that came with this film. I suppose a lot of people were expecting a new "Harry Potter" or "Chronicles of Narnia" franchise and were disappointed to find that this isn't one. I found Nicole Kidman and Dakota Blue Richards to be effective as two polar opposites. As a fan of the trilogy, I do hope that in the next movie, the filmmakers wouldn't be afraid to offend the church. Sure, money needs to be made and the more commercial the film, the more money they would get. Still, is greatness worth trading for money? In this case, I'm more forgiving. But if there happens to be a sequel, I will not be because the crux of this trilogy is rising up against a church-like figure. If they don't put that into focus, they are not being true to the novel. Still, this film is a good introduction to an amazing, amazing saga.


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