The Golden Compass ★★★

Quite entertaining, but the book’s intellectually stimulating soul—its daemon, if you will—is largely absent. Great cast: Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Mrs. Coulter fits my image of the character very well. When the movie was over I wished it had been longer and gone into more detail; hopefully, a director’s cut will rectify that. It is my hope that the other two books of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy will be adapted for the big screen, because this movie left me wanting more.