December 6th, 2007

breaking bad

Golden Compass

I went to see this film feeling a bit pissed off, and I was transported by two hours of escapism and enjoyment. When I came out things didn't seem so bad, and you can't say fairer than that can you?

I thought it was a good rendition of the scope and feel of the book. Though many of the scenes were necessarily a bit truncated, the big set pieces were retained and the logic and flow of the story came through. The casting was excellent, I can't praise the actors enough. The special effects are important, and I thought they were almost always good. When I'm watching children's films I find myself hankering for a level of toughness that can't be there, but this pushed itself pretty hard against the limits of what young children can watch.
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