Okay so we all know the fact that the book is always better than the movie. Right? Cause if you don’t please read The Black Stallion by Walter Farley and then watch the god-awful translation to film.
Anyway so the book is usually better than the movie, (in my opinion Fight Club is a much better movie than book), and The Golden Compass was no exception.
The book the Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman is an extremely entertaining read, although preachy and tackily obviously aimed at attacking the views of the Christian Church. The character development and the relationships between people and their daemons and people and each other are almost hypnotic in its growth. The way the main character burrows under your skin while you read is enjoyable to say the least and you cheer for her through all her adventures and trials. I am half way through the third book, The Amber Spyglass, and I can say with certainty that this whole series has been a great time.
I had some alone time this week when the boyfriend was away so I looked forward to renting the Golden Compass on DVD. It was a very confusing circumstance I found myself in. There were minor changes here and there but all in all it stayed true to book and very true to the dialogue. The real problem was the heart had been cut out, the daemon had been separated from the child, dust was no where near the film. I’m not talking literally here, anyone who’s read the series will understand. There was no soul in this movie at all. The pace was lightning quick, you almost feel as if someone were reading you the book in a high speed chipmunk voice while dragging you to the different scenes by force. The characters were all there and briefly introduced and then kicked out to make way for the new ones. This movie was there and not there, a zombie of the story.