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2.0 out of 5 stars Is this Philip Pullman's Northern Lights ?, 3 Nov. 2008
This review is from: The Golden Compass (2-disc Extended edition)[Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Philip Pullman's Northern Lights is a wonderfully written book. Packed with great imagination and depth. The characters, particularly Lyra's are well thought out and have a richness about them. The story line is challenging and in many parts takes a different path, than you're expecting. It takes on contentious issues cleverly and weaves a magical and dark storyline out of them.
Not since Tolkien's Trilogy has there been a series of fantasy books that have been acheing to be put on the silver screen.
Then the first film arrives, with it's American book title name 'The Golden Compass'. Visually the film is stunning especially on Blu Ray and if it was a Walt Disney film we'd all say aaaaww great swash buckling action.
But it's not it's suppose to be the reproduction of a masterpiece of fantasy. Is it possible to betray a book more than the film makers have done here, I think NOT !! All the parts of the storyline that really gave this book a real edge and made it stand out from the rest have been omitted. A gourmet meal turned into a happy meal. The storyline loosely ( and that's being kind )follows the book.
The film ignores the end of the book completely and rounds off any sharp edges that I'm sure they thought might damage the rating.
Director Chris Weitz, you should hang your head in Shame.I can't help wonder why you didn't stick to directing films like Antz and American Pie and let someone like Peter Jackson breath life into this book.
And Philip Pullman how could you stand back and watch them do this to your wonderful book.
The only hope is that Weitz strayed that far from the storyline he can't possibly make the second book and they'll have to remake The Golden Compass' again.
Devotees of Pullman must have physically wept when they saw this Disney style adaption.
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