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.