Just saw the Golden Compass on DVD...let's discuss...again
July 8, 2008 2:49pm CST
I had already discussed the facts with my daughters when the movie was at the theaters. Since there was a big hullabaloo about how it's based on the series by an atheist who openly admits it is about killing God. I thought it best to discuss my opinions on that with my daughters. In my opinion, the atheist author has every right to write the story, and Hollywood has every right to make the movie based on his books, and every person has the right to choose to see or not see the movie. So anyway, we watched it on DVD and I think it was a pretty cool movie. Had I gone to see it not knowing all the background details, I would have come out of it thinking it was another fun Fantasy/Adventure flick where a child is the heroic main character fighting an oppressive force which is trying to take over the whole world. This theme is recurring. It's in a huge percentage of Adventure and Fantasy films. If people had not raised a big hubbub about the film's background I would never have guessed that it was alluding to God or any other religion! People need to learn to just let things be sometimes. Often things are better left alone to pass by and be forgotten swiftly as most things are. When you raise a raucous then you make the very thing you are against more noticeable and memorable. PS - the same idea applies to the Narnia Chronicles. There was a big hubbub to go see the first film because it alludes to Jesus Christ and Christianity. You know, I read all the books as a kid and NO IDEA that they are an allusion to Christianity. Call me an idiot, but I think if you are not told these explanations, then you can apply these themes to ANY situation where there is an oppressive force - and that includes, but is not limited to, religions.
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10 Jul 08
I've read the trilogy and watched the movie based on the first book and I absolutely loved it! I personally get very frustrated when people just can't take things at face value. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and these books are fantastically written and thought-provoking. I like the theme that people should stand up for what they believe in and they shouldn't let themselves be brainwashed by any sort of organized society. In the case of The Golden Compass, it just happens that the church is the organized society trying to oppress children and adults alike to think for themselves. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that all churches are bad. Just the ones that are trying to brainwash you. I hope the movie got enough rave reviews to warrant the second and third books into being made because there are even more interesting characters and contexts to be introduced. Philip Pullman's trilogy is one of the best books I've read since I started reading the Harry Potter series. Speaking of which, Harry Potter is another series that caused a big hoopla, with people making a stink that it's encouraging children to dabble in witchcraft. Oh for crying out loud, it's fiction! And schools, churches, parents should be more concerned about getting their children interested in reading than in trying to suppress children's learning by banning books from schools and libraries. If all else, JK Rowling's series encouraged kids to read and learn and improved their vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure and imagination. To read is to learn.
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10 Jul 08
Well said. I was raised a Christian, but I fully believe that the majority of Christians are too pushy. Trying to force their beliefs upon others - even within Christianity there are those factions that claim they are right and the others are wrong! I find it very annoying, idiotic, and sad to see people get all in a huff over stories. When will people learn that everyone has a different perspective, and everyone will get something different out of the same story. Therefore - leave it alone and enjoy it for what it is - a story.
• United States
8 Jul 08
Actually, if you didn't KNOW that it was hinting at religion, you would most likely NOT get that idea from the movie. The plot is basic - a hero/heroine fights to overthrow an oppressive force. One can apply that theme to countless real-life non-religious situations.
23 Jul 08
Yea. I totally agree with you. People tend to read too much into things. I'm a Christian but I only treat watching shows like Golden Compass and Da Vinci Code as entertainment. There's a big reason why such books or shows are called Fiction. If the author really wants to create Havoc, he could have registered the book under Religion. Maybe this has to do with the society I come from. We have many different races and religions here but since young, we are taught to respect and understand one another's differences.