Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Golden Compass

Went to watch The Golden Compass last week....

It boasts big names such as Nicole Kidman (needs no introduction), Daniel Craig (newest James Bond) and Eva Green (newest Bond Girl). They play......

Mrs Coulter

Lord Asriel

Serafina Pekkala the witch

I like her, she's mysterious, wise and cool.

This movie is actually based on the book 'Northern Lights' which is part of Phillip Pullman's trilogy 'His Dark Materials'. This trilogy consists of 3 titles, namely Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

I haven't read the books yet but this trilogy is definitely on my next to-buy list. However, this trilogy is definitely controversial because some religious groups have deemed its theme Anti-Catholic. Well, I guess they read too much into it sometimes.

The heroine of this movie is actually a girl named Lyra Belaqua. Little is known about her past here, but we are told that she is going to play a major part in a prophecy yet to come. She comes into possession of an alethiometer a.k.a. The Golden Compass, which tells her the truth when she uses it. Only a few ppl can use alethiometers, and she is one of them.

I don't wanna go into details of the movie and spoil it for those that haven't seen it. But it was a breathtaking adventure for me. It involves parallel universes, witches, Gyptians, armored bears, daemons..... coupled with ideas from fields such as physics, philosophy and theology.

I loved Iorek Byrnison, the armored talking polar bear. He's noble, brave and kind..... hurt by past issues but manages to overcome them.

Maybe I'm a little biased, but the sight of all the animals in the movie made this movie memorable for me. The animals are actually daemons, which are the manifestation of the human soul in that universe. They stay near their human counterparts and only stabilize in form after the human reaches adolescence. The form will represent the character of the human.

Bears like Iorek however, have no daemon. Instead, his armor is his soul which he shapes himself. Speaking of daemons, u can find out what daemon would have suited u in the official golden compass website,

Mine is a Snow Leopard, just like Lord Asriel's. However, it's form won't finalize for at least 12 days. So, if u think u know me well, u could change the form of it before it stabilizes.



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