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Friday, December 07, 2007

The Golden Compass 

Somewhere, there is an assembly line that puts together movie adaptations of fantasy epics. The first stop on this line gives us the narrated infodump providing the Story So Far. The second shows us children playing in happier times, set to whimsical music. Throughout they put in setups for later payoffs – if someone mentions some great loss in his past, you can be sure he’ll be rectified before close of play – like a checklist. And someone, somewhere, is going to mention a damn prophecy.

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