The Golden Compass
THE GOLDEN COMPASS (PG)
D: Chris Weitz
New Line/Ingenious/Scholastic (Deborah Forte & Bill Carraro)
UK/USA 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 2007
W: Chris Weitz [based on the novel "Northern Lights" by Philip Pullman]
DP: Henry Braham
Ed: Peter Honess, Anne V. Coates & Kevin Tent
Mus: Alexandre Desplat
PD: Dennis Gassner
Dakota Blue Richards (Lyra Belacqua), Nicole Kidman (Mrs. Coulter), Daniel Craig (Lord Asriel), Sam Elliott (Lee Scoresby), Eva Green (Serafina Pekkala), Freddie Highmore (voice of Pantalaimon), Ian McKellen (voice of Iorek Byrnison)
Lyra, a 12-year-old girl is assisted by an armoured polar bear in her quest to the North Pole to investigate the location of missing children.
Based on the first segment of Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, the production didn't do itself any favours by releasing itself when C. S. Lewis' Narnia books were themselves getting cinematic adaptations, especially since the marketing appeared to tie it into the same franchise.
Visually the effects are great and the production design is very well realised, but the performances are miscast, especially Nicole Kidman as ice-cold villainess Mrs. Coulter.
Poor box office performance prevented a further two films from being green-lighted, proving the film really was the victim of a poorly-timed release date.