Thursday, May 22, 2008

No Tolkien

ImageThe Golden Compass (New Line)
Based on the first in Philip Pullman’s series of novels, The Golden Compass is an attempt to create another fantastic Lord of the Rings/Chronicles of Narnia franchise. Unfortunately, the film is limply directed by Chris Weitz (of American Pie/About a Boy fame, and lacking fantasy-action credentials) and indifferently acted by a cast led by ice queen Nicole Kidman. Some of the visuals–notably the bear fight–are effective and Dakota Blue Richards makes a believable young heroine, but The Golden Compass is otherwise moribund.
Weitz commentary; several making-of featurettes.

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