Directionless Compass

It is with deep regret that I must cast a brickbat in the direction of  “The Golden Compass”, which Ms Canada and I viewed last night, fortunately using cheap tickets.

The word “mishmash” might well have been invented just  to describe it.   While children will either be excited or scared by the action, particularly the armoured polar bear fights, the story – for this adult – just didn’t mesh. I spent half my time listening hard to the expositions in case I missed something vital to the plot.  All wasted time as it turns out, as the story is left hanging ready for a sequel that may or may not be filmed.

OK, it looks good. But a Victorian era feel and lots of nice CGI can’t make up for a story that seems to be mostly one Deus Ex Machina after another.

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