The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass or Northern Lights, as the book was titled in the UK and Australia, is the first book of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. It has now been made into a film, which opens in Australia on Boxing Day. I have seen the original trailer and thought it looked fairly impressive, but that was nothing compared to the final trailer that has now been released that features the daemons!

I am having a total geek out moment here. Wow, just wow!

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The Ice Bear fight

and Iorek explaining the bear’s armour

I am just so impressed with the standard of the CGI in these clips.

I am a little disappointed to hear that they have watered down the religious elements to this film and am wondering how the plot is going to hold together with those being removed. The Religious Right are already protesting about this film – I wonder how upset they would have been if the book’s plot and themes were accurately reflected in the film. Still it is going to get kids interested in reading the books, so all is not lost.
BTW, the film and books are not anti-religion, they are anti-dogma and anti-religious power wielding maniacs – positions of thought that I subscribe to.

Anyway, this is not a post about a religion, this a post about what looks to be an incredible film that everyone should drag as many members of their family and social circle to see.

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