The Golden Compass (2007)

New Line Cinema attempts to capitalize on another fantasy trilogy written for children. This time it's from author Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.

We are transported to an alternate universe where people aren't quite free and where each human is followed around by a spirit animal called a daemon. Though the story is unique, it failed to draw me into this brainwashing children and renewing of the polar bear dramas. I just didn't feel it.

The effects of the animals in this film are remarkable, though, we've seen plenty of cool stuff like it in The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia movies. Of course, with all the  money they had to work with, the editing, sound, and music are excellent.

The press surrounding this film, at least the forwarded emails, focused on the author's atheism and the fact that at the end of the last book some children kill God. It didn't happen in this book, but the notion of friendly daemons does raise my eyebrows.

Truth: We each need to discover and then live out our purpose.

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