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Hollywood ruins a good story

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Golden Compass'

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Golden Compass'

December 11, 2007|By EVA NIESSNER / Pulse Correspondent

Disappointment was the word on my lips after I walked out of "The Golden Compass."

The movie, like the book, tells the story of Lyra Belaqua (Dakota Blue Richards), a young English girl in a world where things are a little different. In Lyra's world, people's souls live beside them in the form of animals, called daemons. Lyra discovers an evil plot organized by the controlling Magisterium, that world's form of church, and with the help of a golden compass seeks to stop it.

That's where the similarities end. The filmmakers decided to take out about a quarter of the story (including the climatic ending, perhaps saving it for the next movie) switch around important details and scenes, zip through every discovery, and give the appearance of trying to upset every die-hard fan of the book.

But I must give credit where it is due. The special effects are phenomenal, especially the final battle scene, and the casting is very good, especially Nicole Kidman as the lovely and wicked Mrs. Coulter. And Dakota Blue Richards - though she doesn't look the way I pictured Lyra while reading the book - acts exactly as I imagined Lyra would act.

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