Golden Compass and other holiday movies

Went to see the Golden Compass tonight in Milaca with Diane and the kids. Just finished the book last week, and wasn’t crazy about it. I’ve started the second one, and I’m getting drawn in now, but it really took a long time. I didn’t think the characters were very well developed, with the exception of Lyra, and there were too many plot contrivances (is that even a word?) to keep the thing going. Whenever things start to drag, instead of adding heart and soul to the characters, it’s just more plot. Lyra gets captured again.

I actually liked the movie better than the book. I couldn’t picture the parallel world of the book very well, but the movie painted a good picture for me.

The girl who plays Lyra in the movie is perfectly cast. She’s great to watch. Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig are pretty good, too, and Sam Neill is exactly who you’d picture as the Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby.

It didn’t end the same as the book, and it seems they’re afraid of some of the darker aspects of the book. Hollywood usually keeps kid movies as kid friendly as possible. We’ll see what they do at the beginning of the next movie. I’m doubtful that they’ll be faithful to the book.

I watched a couple videos today too, a nice relaxing New Year’s Day. Hot Fuzz — two thumbs up. The Holiday — one thumb, mainly because I can watch Kate Winslett all day long. Watched Knocked Up the other day, too. Some good laughs, but for me it didn’t live up to the hype.

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6 thoughts on “Golden Compass and other holiday movies

  1. Hi Brett, its Anna,I really like your latest column – I still read the Messenger and the Kanabec County Times online. What I difference between the two editors! Like two different stages in evolution… the Messenger sure is lucky to have you as editor!Also, I liked Hot Fuzz too, Simon Pegg is great. Lots of girls in England think he’s adorable ;)Hope you had a good Christmas!

  2. Hi Brett, its Anna,I really like your latest column – I still read the Messenger and the Kanabec County Times online. What I difference between the two editors! Like two different stages in evolution… the Messenger sure is lucky to have you as editor!Also, I liked Hot Fuzz too, Simon Pegg is great. Lots of girls in England think he’s adorable ;)Hope you had a good Christmas!

  3. Thanks, though there are plenty of typos and grammatical errors I’m sure you would have found! I don’t really work on it now that I’ve got to study more, but read the entry on The Front Page – not for me but to get the book I used to write it. It’s a really enjoyable read on how the original play is linked to Chicago history. I loved it and would really recommend it. It’s a short read that makes you want to read more!I like your columns, I always read them from here to find out what (some) people think about things in Minnesota 🙂

  4. Thanks, though there are plenty of typos and grammatical errors I’m sure you would have found! I don’t really work on it now that I’ve got to study more, but read the entry on The Front Page – not for me but to get the book I used to write it. It’s a really enjoyable read on how the original play is linked to Chicago history. I loved it and would really recommend it. It’s a short read that makes you want to read more!I like your columns, I always read them from here to find out what (some) people think about things in Minnesota 🙂

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