November 2, 2007

The Golden Compass Movie

There has been a huge amount of hub-bub flying around the internet regarding the release of this movie. Antagonists say the film contains anti-religious themes and supports and atheistic view of life. A brief background on the film and it's writer:

"The Golden Compass, a fantasy film starring Nicole Kidman that is scheduled to be released into theaters on 7 December 2007, has been drawing fire from concerned Christians. The film is based on Northern Lights (released in the U.S. as The Golden Compass), the first offering in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy of children's books, a series that follows the adventures of a streetwise girl who travels through multiple worlds populated by witches, armor-plated bears, and sinister ecclesiastical assassins to defeat the oppressive forces of a senile God.

Books of the trilogy have sold more than 15 million copies around the world, with Northern Lights winning the Carnegie Medal for Children's Literature in 1995 and in 2007 being awarded the 'Carnegie of Carnegies' for the best children's book of the past 70 years. The Amber Spyglass, the final book of the series, won The Whitbread Prize in 2001, making it the first children's book to do so. The series' author, Philip Pullman, is an avowed atheist who has averred that "I don't profess any religion; I don't think it's possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words 'spiritual' or 'spirituality.'" Critics of Pullman's books point to the strong anti-religion and anti-God themes they incorporate, and although literary works are subject to a variety of interpretations, Pullman left little doubt about his intentions when he said in a 2003 interview with The Sydney Morning Herald that "My books are about killing God." (Conservative British columnist Peter Hitchens labeled Pullman "The Most Dangerous Author in Britain" and described him as the writer "the atheists would have been praying for, if atheists prayed.")"

You can read the full article here:

To see trailer and cast information, visit the movie's website here:

This film has not yet been rated and it is due in theaters in less than one month. Hmmm....I wonder what that means?? I would encourage you to check out this film to decide for yourself if you want to support this film.

1 comment:

Leticia said...

How could I support a film from a book by a man who says he wants to bring children to aetheism? And whose villian in the film is "The Magesterium"? If you aren't a Catholic, you may not understand, the Magesterium is the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church passed down by Christ himself. This film may have pulled the wool over the eyes of our bishops, but the Catholic League has a booklet with quotes from Phillip Pullman himself, saying how, in the third "His Dark Materials" trilogy, the character who represents God is 'killed'. The film seems innocuous to entice children to read the books for Christmas, wherein is the poison.