Golden Compass provokes religious controversy
Posted 12.05.07 by reelz
The upcoming fantasy flick, The Golden Compass, can now count itself among the proud books and movies like Harry Potter, The Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. You see, it is getting protested.
Based on Philip Pullman's novel of the same name, which is part of the His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass is somewhat of the anti-Narnia. That is to say, it is a kids' fantasy story that instead of being a thinly veiled Christian allegory has bad characters such as the power-hungry, world-controlling Magesterium, which is based on the Catholic church.
Despite the fact that the His Dark Materials trilogy is obviously quality writing (The Golden Compass novel won the 1995 Carnegie Medal and another book in the trilogy won the 2001 Whitbread Book of the Year award)--Christian organizations are now out in force protesting the movie and books as seditious. Focus on the Family has branded the stories "blasphemous and heretical" and the Catholic League wants a boycott of the movie.
Considering the tepid reviews The Golden Compass is already garnering, don't you think that all this fuss is just drawing attention to something that could instead just go gentle into that good night?
Source: LA Times
The Golden Compass opens nationwide on Friday, Dec 7.