The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass ★★½

This isn't a bad movie however its downfall was probably the conceit that everyone has the embodiment of their soul walk around with them as an animal. It's surprisingly brutal at times, two polar bears fight and one rips off the jaw on another then bites the wound in the other's face, yet they avoid showing blood for the kids. It's interesting world-building and it's a shame the series of books didn't catch on as a series of movies. Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman give some interesting performances where they are both neither entirely good and cuddly, nor bad and heartless.