The Golden Compass

2007, Movie, PG-13, 118 mins

The Golden Compass
Chris Weitz's disappointing adaptation of the first book in English novelist Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy feels simultaneously too long and desperately rushed: For all the complicated backstory, weighty themes, action set pieces and fanciful production design, it's oddly unengaging.

Though the film is positioned as a straightforward good-vs.-evil epic, Pullman posits a more nuanced struggle between the thorny freedom of self-determination and blind submission to authority. In hopes of getting newcomers up to speed, Weitz starts with a lumbering lump of voiceover exposition, whose gist is that there are parallel worlds connected by a m...

Released: 2007 Rated: PG-13 Length: 118 mins

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