Earlier this month, I did a post about the Golden Compass and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. I saw the movie this past weekend. It was visually very pleasing – lots of good special effects for all the talking animals, great color palettes for all the different locations. The film did seem to stick quite closely to the book. I know that comparing films and books is notoriously unfair, as they are grossly different mediums, but. . . it did feel like something was missing in the movie. The sense of urgency is there, but there was something a little stilted about it. Some of the dialogue was so explanatory that it felt like you were getting a lecture in dialogue form.
Nevertheless, it was exponentially better than many kid movies I’ve seen in past years. Because the main character is a little girl who bends the truth at times, it can invite discussions about what it means to tell the truth. The actress who played Lyra was quite good, too. She isn’t one of those cutesy kids, which is nice.
I only have one other thing to say. It’s addressed to another actress in the film. Uh, Nicole Kidman? I know we’ve never met, so I can’t imagine you’d take advice from me, but dang, sister. Have a sandwich! Your legs were so thin they looked like itty bitty twigs!
Wait, I lied. There is one other thing I wanted to say. I want to thank the commenters on the original post. So often, as I troll around blogs, I am shocked at the stuff I read in the comments of other blogs. (Especially Christian blogs!) But you, my fabulous commenters, were balanced and polite, even when you may have disagreed. Thanks for being civilized.