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[*] Post 312471 posted on 17-12-2007 at 23:34 Reply With Quote
More on The Golden Compass

An Evangelical movie reviewer says

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Witches are our friends. . .little girls can lie to anyone as long as it is for the "right" cause. . ."daemons" are our friends (and souls) and take the form of animals. These are some of the lessons we learn in The Golden Compass.

The Magisterium basically rules the planet with the idea of "controlling" the general public and protecting it from unhealthy thinking and practices.

The Golden Compass has an uncomfortable quality to it. It's that anti-hero, "the good guy can be bad" type of feel, with no character who's a real source of light. A general heaviness and darkness pervades and follows the film, much with the help of Nicole Kidman's beautiful evilness.

In the past, there have been many movies that take cheap shots at Christianity, and they have come and gone very quickly, disappearing into obscurity. But The Golden Compass is different somehow. It may do very well at the box office, and as a "Christmas movie" could bring in the children (and mommy's and daddy's money) by the millions. The fact that it's a trilogy will have kids racing to the bookstore to buy the books to stay ahead of the releases ... just like the Harry Potter series.

In a recent interview Director Chris Weitz said: "Whereas The Golden Compass has to be introduced to the public carefully, the religious themes in the second and third books can't be minimized without destroying the spirit of these books. There is simply no way to adapt them without dealing with Lyra's destined role, her secret name, and the war in the heavens."

Even worse, writer Pullman proudly told The Washington Post in 2001 of the trilogy, "I'm trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief."

So, is this movie a threat? Will it lead children away from a personal knowledge of God? Or, will it become a key opportunity to talk to children about the real adventure of knowing a living God who wants to know them in a personal way?

Though The Golden Compass may be a "gateway" movie for atheism, and gave this reviewer the "willies," we have a God who is not afraid. He is a King who knows no equal and is not the least intimidated by confused, lost people wanting to lash out at him. Maybe we should act like him and find ways to use this film to teach children about how to discern movies, analyzing them for themes and values. After all, it is just a movie, and we are children of the King.

What do you think? (Including the way the reviewer reasons. He covers elements of the movie in greater detail, as one can read in the linked page.):)
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[*] Post 312490 posted on 18-12-2007 at 07:14 Reply With Quote

I'll still make up my own mind by seeing the film myself. No film reviewer, evangelical or not, will make up my mind for me.
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[*] Post 312491 posted on 18-12-2007 at 07:44 Reply With Quote

I am in the same camp as Mary, I tend make up my own mind on things and not let paid scribes or religious zealots sway me, any way its only a film and most of it will go over peoples head as make believe, there will be very few who think on parallel universes and those that do are usually scientists or technical minded people that like to use empirical judgment. treat it as it actually is a film of make believe, I have the DVD and that is my interpretation.jmb
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