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‘The Golden Compass’ headed in right direction

By Staff | Dec 7, 2007

If you like downright unusual movies that are appropriate for most members of the family (with the exception of very young children who might be frightened by short episodes of violence), then “The Golden Compass” is for you.

“The Golden Compass” is about a parallel universe where the people are a lot like us — well, sort of. The only difference is that they carry their souls on the outside in the form of animals (called daemons).

The problems begin when Lyra Belacqua, played by Dakota Blue Richards, goes to find her friend Roger (played by Ben Walter) after he is abducted by the Gobblers. She leaves with Mrs. Coulter (Nicole Kidman). When Lyra leaves, the master of Jordan College, the parallel universe’s version of Oxford, gives her an alethiometer, or golden compass, and reveals to Lyra that the compass tells the truth but it is up to Lyra to read it. And she has to keep it to herself.

Soon after arriving in Svalbard, Lyra finds that Mrs. Coulter is involved with the Gobblers, so she flees and is picked up by the Gyptians, sort of a cross between the Beverly Hillbillies and a biker gang — in other words, some really nice, fun folks.

It’s about at that point that Lyra learns that Lord Asriel back home is her father and has been taken captive and is kept in the bear kingdom of Svalbard under heavy guard. Lyra insists on going with the Gyptians to help free Roger and her father.

They pick up some help along the way, the Witch Queen Serafina Pekkala (Eva Green), the great Armoured Bear Lorek Byrnison (voiced by Nonso Anozie) who has been exiled form his rightful kingdom and pledges his service to Lyra, and Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby played by Sam Elliott.

There’s an action-packed battle scene between witches and cossacks and bears (oh my!). See the movie. You’ll like it.