The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

DVD - 2008
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In a wondrous parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands. When Lyra Belacqua becomes the keeper of the Golden Compass, she discovers that her world and all those beyond are threatened by the secret plans of Ms. Coulter. With the help of Lord Asriel and a group of unlikely allies ready to stand at her side, Lyra embarks on an extraordinary quest that celebrates friendship and courage against all odds.

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SPPL_MattM Mar 14, 2018

Incredible book series, terrible movie


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jim14green98
Jun 20, 2019

After all is said and done, all I can say is this: in the US, book 1 of HDM was called Golden compass while in the UK it was called Northern Lights. While the us title sounds neat and refers to the central device of the story, it dosen't even hint at how much the story has to offer. The U.K. Title however, while even more simplistic, does associate with the qualities I found in the series; that being haunting, otherworldly, vibrant, wild, far-reaching, illuminating, beautiful and truly something to behold, experience, and cherish. The movie went with the US title....

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Dlbrownlow
Jun 06, 2019

This is an odd movie. I feel that there was a lot left out that is probably included in the books. Leaves a lot on the table and unanswered.

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OurKnightsTale
Dec 14, 2018

Disk is Havley damaged

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TLCaprow
Nov 16, 2017

I love this film. Lyra's portrayal is brilliant, as are the other characters. I didn't go to the theater to watch it when it came out because the reviews were lousy (as the comments reflect). I read the books (twice) but it's been a while. I watched the movie again with the director's commentary just to savor the details. I wish the subsequent movies planned had been made. Perhaps a lack of viewer imagination is to blame for their criticism of this marvelous movie.

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LadySade
Feb 05, 2016

I sort of watched this movie for you so now I implore you not to. This movie is so sadly inferior, so absurdly disorderly you'll loathe yourself (after) for taking it out. Considering all the talent the movie featured (Daniel Craig and the beauty that is Nicole Kidman) their talents were a waste as this movie is a tragic and miserable presentation.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 11, 2015

Fun, Just go with it.

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robbstanway
Jun 29, 2015

The movie is left "hanging" with the heroes on a continuing trip to we don't know where. The movie itself is great, with lots of action.

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Haider_0
Jun 28, 2015

the best movie ever

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frishta
Sep 13, 2014

Great CGI, Weak on story and characters. Haven't read the book but I have a feeling it is better than the movie.

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rslade
Sep 12, 2014

A bit of a cheat since they don't even finish the first book. Therefore kind of pointless. (However, since I thought the books degenerated into a whiny diatribe, I won't quibble.) Some decent CGI, but the plot is rather pointless, and any good acting is wasted.

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Jun 04, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 28, 2011

Farder Coram: It's an alethiometer. It's a truth measure - a golden compass. It enables you to see what others wish to hide... You can ask any sort of question you can imagine. Once you've got your question framed...
Lyra Belacqua: Can I try?
John Faa: [chuckles]
Farder Coram: One thing I do know, Lyra, you mustn't grasp at the answer. Hold the question in your mind, but lightly, like it was something alive.

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bdls206
Mar 28, 2011

In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

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