Make no mistake, the family-friendly fantasy film is back in full force and it looks like it’s going to be around for some time to come. It seems like every single children’s fantasy book ever written is now getting optioned for the big screen, and I suppose we have Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia to thank for that. It doesn’t matter how good they are, as long as there is a series of books, and a potential franchise in the making.
I must admit, I know nothing of Philip Pullman and the His Dark Materials trilogy, but while they could very well be a great read, at this point it’s almost impossible to look at the trailer for the first movie installment The Golden Compass and not feel like you’ve already seen it before. I think I tuned out as soon as the CG animals started talking. I’m all for a resurgence of fantasy films, but why can we not get a few fantasy movies aimed at older audiences? They even have the audacity to reference the Lord of the Rings trilogy in this trailer, as if The Golden Compass is comparable. This was the biggest problem with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in my opinion… it was simply overshadowed by the far superior LOTR trilogy. At any rate, with Harry Potter opening this summer, and the next Narnia movie pushed back to 2008, this year’s holiday line-up needed a special effects extravaganza for the kids. The Golden Compass will do the trick, I’m sure. Check out the trailer over at Yahoo! and see if you find it as uninspiring as I did.» Related Link: Yahoo: The Golden Compass trailer