The Golden Compass is a 2007 fantasy-adventure based on Northern Lights, the first novel in Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials. Directed by Chris Weitz, it stars Dakota Blue Richards and Nicole Kidman. Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) lives in a parallel world in which human souls take the form of lifelong animal companions called daemons. Dark forces are at work in the girl’s world, and many children have been kidnapped by beings known as Gobblers. Lyra vows to save her best friend, Roger, after he disappears too. She sets out with her daemon, a golden compass, a tribe of seafarers, a witch, an ice bear and a Texas airman on an epic quest to rescue Roger and save her world. On the journey, Lyra, with the help of a wise old Gyptian, learns how to use the golden compass, an alethiometer—a device that allows her to see into the past, present and future. The scenes that depict what she sees in this lens are the closest visual representation I have ever seen that resembles the format of the information I receive, see, hear and sense when I open to the knowledge my intuition has the power to receive and tap into.
“Before its release, the film received criticism from secularist organisations and fans of His Dark Materials for the dilution of the anti-religious elements from the novels, as well as from some religious organisations for the source material’s anti-Catholic themes. The studio ordered significant changes late in post-production, which Weitz later called a ‘terrible’ experience.”
I find it interesting to learn that there was interference and I am not surprised to learn that when an artist’s voice is thwarted, studios actually think they are courting success rather than disaster or at the very least a weakened vision. This film is nonetheless a must-see, a beautiful depiction of the magic and personal-power that is available to us if we settle into life on a soul level.