A young girl embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darkness in director Chris Weitz's adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy. Screen newcomer Dakota Blue Richards stars as young heroine Lyra Belacqua, Casino Royale star Daniel Craig appears as Lyra's ruthless adventurer uncle, Lord Asriel, and Nicole Kidman assumes the glamorous guise of the villainous Mrs. Coulter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
The end of the movie is by no means killing God, it is defeating authority or maybe Catholic Church. There is a fight a against an oppressive, totalitarian institution and institution loses the fight. Even if you stretch it is not god. The movie has no negative reference to faith. Isn't U.S. established by people who ran away religious oppression?
Movie is disjointed, acting was awful. Who ever edited the movie had no clue on making the story feel like there was a connection with each scene. No charactor building, just a mish-mash of people coming a going.
I looked forward to seeing this movie. I was disappointed, to say the least.
Basically, I saw it as a "trailer" for the sequel. Certainly not up to the standards of the "Potter" movies. If there is a sequel, I hope it's better than this original.
This movie was a total bore. I watched it on DVD and literally dozed off 3 times. I had to force myself to keep watching. There are no surprises. If you are at all intuitive you will see everything coming long before it arrives. The ending is useless because there is no closure only a set up for the next movie. I think it is a waste of time making the next one, I wonât bother to watch.
I have no idea what those other people are talking about. This movie was to kill God? Not! This was a very good movie, a very good concept. The acting was great. The story was engaging. The only thing that disappointed me was that this is part 1, so I was expecting a complete ending and was left hanging. If you plan on watching this, wait for part 2 to come out and then watch both. The idea of having a soul outside your body following you around is amazing. Maybe that's how it really is but we are just too blind to see our own souls. I do not recommend this movie for kids. There is too much fighting and killing. Then again, if your kids are desensitized to violence, let them watch this and then pop in Hostel.
The movie was very dark and too fast paced for its own good. There was not enough room for character or plot development, which is essential if you are going to make a trilogy. While the ice bear fight was good, I don't think it balances the weak fight scene at the end or the endless bland treks across the tundra. I heard it got an academy award for graphics, but Lion was much better. I will give it props for the paranoid Clockwork Orange British kids prison. All together though, very disappointing. Not really interested in the sequel.
I had no idea what the movie was about. I knew it had big stars but hadn't heard much about it after it opened. I was more than pleasantly surprised. It was fantastic. Much more exciting than The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Action, adventure, great characters, magic. It has it all. As for the religious controversy...nonsense. It's not about "killing God". It's about free will and the struggle for it. That's not anti-God. It's anti religious control. A BIG difference. Enjoy the movie. It is great.