Lyra Belaqua, living in Oxford’s Jordan College, is not but a young girl living among scholars. Her world may seem diverse, from physical embodiments of souls that take the shape of an animal, but similar with people around you to become friends and enemies. She is thrown into a perilous adventure when she overhears a conversation of an extraordinary microscopic particle, Dust. This particle is said to unite different worlds, and is feared by many who want to destroy it forever. As Lyra is flung into the middle of this horrible struggle, she meets wondrous creatures both big and small, and villains who are not what they seem. Gobblers, that kidnap children, will turn out in the most unexpected places. And a magical compass of gold that will answer any question if one is skilled enough to read it. Lyra’s adventure continues throughout these three books, and the first is about to be told. –IMDb
Christopher John “Chris” Weitz (born November 30, 1969) is an American producer, writer, director and actor. He is best known for his work with his brother, Paul Weitz, on the comedy films American Pie and About a Boy, as well as directing the film adaptation of the novel The Golden Compass and the film adaptation of New Moon from the series of Twilight books. His most recent film is A Better Life.
Weitz was born in New York City, New York, the son of actress Susan Kohner and Berlin-born novelist/fashion designer John Weitz (born Hans Werner Weitz). His brother is filmmaker Paul Weitz. He is the grandson of Bohemia-born producer Paul Kohner and Mexican actress Lupita Tovar on his maternal side. His grandmother, Lupita, starred in Santa, Mexico’s first talkie, in 1932.
Weitz’s father and maternal grandfather were Jewish, and his maternal grandmother was Catholic; he was raised in a “nonreligious” household. He has also described himself as a “lapsed… read more
High expectations were not met. Presumably this would be the first in a trilogy, although five years later and there's still no second film. There was too much information coming from all angles at all times with no time to let it sink in, yet it still felt thin and under-developed (especially considering the source material). Looks great, but that's the only high point.
The Golden Compass had a tricky feat to pull off. On the one hand it had to translate the imaginative ideas of Philip Pullman’s brilliant novel, The Northern Lights, into an accessible… read review