Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Golden Compass Movie

People are up in arms and angry at the coming movie, The Golden Compass, based on the book Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. Most of these people are from Christian groups, since they see the film as an atheist manifesto disguised as a children's tale. Philip Pullman has admitted in interviews to leaning to an atheist or agnostic mindset in his personal life.

I'm reminded of the brouhaha generated by the Harry Potter books and movies, when similar objections were brought against them because of the prevalence of witchcraft in the stories.

I'm also reminded of the time Philippine clergy told people not to watch the movie Live Show because for them it was outright porn, and thus, damaging to morals.

In these past instances, I found out for myself that many of those criticizing these movies and books had not yet seen or read them.

The Golden Compass is due out on December 6, 2007. What say we watch the movie for ourselves first and then make up our own minds? The book has been out for some time now, so there's time to pick it up and read through it before forming an opinion about it.


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