"My Name is Chuck Norris, and I disapprove of this movie."
That's what karate fighting douchebag Chuck Norris has to say about The Golden Compass. Thanks Chuck, I loved your work in Sidekicks. Norris wrote this movie review in World Nut Daily, but unlike most movie reviewers, Chuck Norris reviews movies he hasn't even seen.
The problems with the movie lies not in imagination or ingenuity, but in authorship and analogy.
I strongly urge everyone to read the Focus on the Family review of "The Golden Compass." Suffice it for me to highlight these few points from it. Though Philip Pullman looks with disdain upon the works of C.S. Lewis saying, "I hate the 'Narnia' books, and I hate them with a deep and bitter passion":
There [is]no shortage of parallels between "His Dark Materials" and C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" series. Lyra instead of Lucy. A wardrobe. Alternate worlds. Talking animals. Cosmic consequences linked to a final battle. Oh, and witches – this time on the side of so-called good rather than evil.
As to whether or not a real Creator is responsible for everything, however, another character says simply, "There may have been a creator, or there may not: We don't know."
"The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all," says an influential character named Mary Malone, who then goes on to relate her own "testimony" of why she abandoned her calling as a nun.
Other messages woven into this story exalt witchcraft, evolution, divination, homosexuality and premarital sex. Accompanying them are smoking, drinking, occasional mild profanity and moments of visceral violence.
[In the end] …"God" gets overthrown and the "fall" becomes the source of humankind's redemption, not failure.
I read the Golden Compass several years ago and I thought it was pretty awesome. To say that your kids should read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe but not The Golden Compass is no different then saying your kids should only read the Koran. The Golden Compass is a great book for kids. It exposes them to some knew ideas like love, courage, independent thinking and self sufficiency. How can you be against that?