I just got back from the cinema - I went to see The Golden Compass.
I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. I haven't read the books in a while, so I can't give a blow-by-blow account of what they added and what they left out (which must have been a lot), but my overall impression... visually fabulous, the girl playing Lyra was pretty much perfect but I was left feeling a bit - empty.
I guess it's hard to convey a lot of the ideas Pullman was exploring in the books - the Magisterium = organised religion/the Church, the Authority = God and dust as either sin or free will depending on which side you're on - in a two hour movie that's aimed mostly at kids. Moreso given that today's kids have the attention span of a gnat and need spoon feeding. They'd be difficult concepts to get across in a film aimed at adults (and let's face it, in today's climate, it'd be unlikely that a movie like that would get made anyway!) - and they were defnitely glossed over. skywaterblue
talked about the scene where Lyra and her demon are about to be separated - it certainly wasn't "nice" but it was a lot more powerful in the book - I remember feeling repulsed by it. But then the movie has a PG certificate, so perhaps they couldn't go any further than they did without that being upped.
I have yet to speak to someone who's seen the movie who hasn't read the books, so if you're out there, what did you think?
They've clearly left the door open for a sequel - I guess it depends on how well this one does as to whether it gets made.
I'm planning to take the kids to see Enchanted
on Sunday - we're all looking forward to that!