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Aug. 1, 2007by:
I still can't believe Chris Weitz, the guy from CHUCK AND BUCK, is directing such a huge film as THE GOLDEN COMPASS. I guess it's a little like Jon Favreau doing IRON MAN, isn't it. These were small-time, independent actor/directors, and now they've risen up to helm two of the biggest movies of 2008. Why can't I do that? Oh ya, that's right, I'm addicted to sleeping in the park.

There've been many films trying to capitalize on the fantasy/children's book adapatation craze sparked by LOTR and the HARRY POTTER series, but none have really hit the mark yet (okay, maybe NARNIA did). But I think THE GOLDEN COMPASS has a shot. Its world looks entirely unique, and I know its source material is very strong. There's a 5 minute clip of footage from the movie which premiered at Comic-Con and it's now online. For your very own convenience, you can check it out BELOW.

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11:17AM on 08/02/2007

Horrible

Sorry, but this looks like a horrible adaptation. The actors look right for the parts (except for Lyra), but that's about it. The dialogue seems to have been dumbed down, all the CGI characters look and sound horrible (what the hell is going on with Pan?!), and the takes on some of the characters seem to be very dodgy. I'm not wowed by the direction or design yet either. And 'magesterium'? They'd better not be trying to play down the whole anti-church thing, because that's the whole f*cking
Sorry, but this looks like a horrible adaptation. The actors look right for the parts (except for Lyra), but that's about it. The dialogue seems to have been dumbed down, all the CGI characters look and sound horrible (what the hell is going on with Pan?!), and the takes on some of the characters seem to be very dodgy. I'm not wowed by the direction or design yet either. And 'magesterium'? They'd better not be trying to play down the whole anti-church thing, because that's the whole f*cking point of the books!

Wow, I'm feeling so positive today...
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3:18PM on 08/01/2007
I've only just read the first novel in this series, so maybe someone could answer this question: Won't the girl playing Lyra be too old for the part by the time they get around to filming the sequels? Or, like Harry Potter, does Lyra age as the series progresses?
I've only just read the first novel in this series, so maybe someone could answer this question: Won't the girl playing Lyra be too old for the part by the time they get around to filming the sequels? Or, like Harry Potter, does Lyra age as the series progresses?
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