History Film / TheGoldenCompass

14th Nov '16 2:07:00 PM Morgenthaler
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* ThereWasADoor: Iorek after getting back his armor, symbolizing his return to {{Badass}} status.

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* ThereWasADoor: Iorek after getting back his armor, symbolizing his return to {{Badass}} badass status.
14th Nov '16 4:25:14 AM Anddrix
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The movie received quite a bit of attention before release due to the controversial themes approached in the book and the appearance as a children's movie. [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Protests were staged and news stories were made about both the movie and the book]]. However, the movie ended up doing less business than was anticipated and received lackluster reviews.[[note]]... At least in the US. Internationally, it made over [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $300 million]], enough to more than cover its budget.[[/note]] Unfortunately, New Line Cinema had sold off all the international distribution rights in order to finance the film's production (apparently thinking that [[WhatAnIdiot the highly religious US audience that was protesting the film would turn out to see it]]), meaning that [[BoxOfficeBomb they never saw a penny of the international box office]]. As a result, [[CreatorKiller New Line was merged into]] Creator/WarnerBros soon after. It still won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Visual Effects (''Film/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' fans [[AwardSnub were unhappy]]). The major themes of the book were altered, most likely due to ExecutiveMeddling. The [[FocusGroupEnding truncated third act]] made a second film virtually unscriptable, and so the questions of how the sequels would handle the changes were answered by the [[StillbornFranchise ultimate cancellation of the franchise.]]

[[FanonDiscontinuity Many 'His Dark Materials' fans tend to ignore it.]]



10th Nov '16 3:47:14 AM fearlessnikki
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* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: The polar bear fight.
* FullNameBasis: Lyra is like this with several characters, including the witch Serafina Pekkala and Iorek Byrnison. This is probably to emphasize Serafina Pekkala's exotic nature and Iorek's status as LargeAndInCharge... as well as being the physical embodiment of RuleOfCool.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: The polar bear fight.
fight, though it is toned down from how it is in the book. At least Iorek doesn't rip Ragnar's heart out and eat it then and there.
* FullNameBasis: Lyra is like this with several characters, including the witch Serafina Pekkala and Iorek Byrnison. This is probably to emphasize Serafina Pekkala's exotic nature and Iorek's status as LargeAndInCharge... as well as being the physical embodiment of RuleOfCool. Oddly enough she just calls Lee "Mr Scoresby".



* {{Infodump}}: Starting from the opening monologue, and then it gets worse from there.

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* {{Infodump}}: Starting from the An opening monologue, narration by Serafina Pekkala explaining the nature of daemons, alternate universes and then it gets worse from there.dust. It was added at the request of the studio, who believed [[ViewersAreMorons viewers would be confused]].



* MissingTrailerScene: Quite a few considering how much was cut from the final release. Including the entire ending. What is even weirder is the ''video game'' follows the plot line more than the film because it has the actual ending.



* TheMultiverse: Sort of; the book's [[DownerEnding original ending]] was removed (though it was filmed), combined with the unlikely chance of the sequels getting made, this might be irrelevant. The opening exposition ''did'' say the setting of this film was part of a Multiverse, though.
** The original opening would have shown a cat crossing from "our" world into Lyra's through a portal and then being scared at seeing Pan change shape.

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* TheMultiverse: Sort of; the book's [[DownerEnding original ending]] was removed (though it was filmed), combined with the unlikely chance of the sequels getting made, this might be irrelevant. The opening exposition ''did'' say the setting of this film was part of a Multiverse, though.
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though. The original opening would have shown a cat crossing from "our" world into Lyra's through a portal and then being scared at seeing Pan change shape.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Iorek Byrnison

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Iorek ByrnisonByrnison.
17th May '16 8:04:21 PM Fireblood
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the book, Lyra saves the kids ''before'' being captured by the bears. The other way around, it seems pretty odd that after Iorek regains the rule of the bears, he doesn't lead them to help her. They try to cover it by having Lyra cross an ice bridge that would collapse under anyone else, but even then, Iorek is the only one with her.[[/note]]It was filmed the order it was in the book but then swapped around as the studio felt that the battle at Bolvangar made a better climax[[/note]]

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the book, Lyra saves the kids ''before'' being captured by the bears. The other way around, it seems pretty odd that after Iorek regains the rule of the bears, he doesn't lead them to help her. They try to cover it by having Lyra cross an ice bridge that would collapse under anyone else, but even then, Iorek is the only one with her.[[/note]]It [[note]]It was filmed the order it was in the book but then swapped around as the studio felt that the battle at Bolvangar made a better climax[[/note]]climax.[[/note]]



* BehindTheBlack: Iorek's BigDamnHeroes moment in the climax is one of the most absurd examples of this in any medium; despite being a giant bear wearing loud, clanging armour, he somehow manages to get ''in between'' the two opposite groups with nobody noticing.

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* BehindTheBlack: Iorek's BigDamnHeroes moment in the climax is one of the most absurd examples of this in any medium; despite being a giant bear wearing loud, clanging armour, armor, he somehow manages to get ''in between'' the two opposite groups with nobody noticing.



* {{Expy}} - Oh, hey there, it's a [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan]] Revolver Ocelot, complete with his signature side arm. Erm...
* FakeRussian: Bizarrely inverted in-universe by The Tartars (derived from real life Tatars). They, in fact, speak ''perfect'' Russian without any sort of accent! Which is quite curious, since the actual Tatar language is unmistakably different from Russian. Justified, since there are many Tatars with Russian as a first language.

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* {{Expy}} - {{Expy}}: Oh, hey there, it's a [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan]] Revolver Ocelot, complete with his signature side arm. Erm...
* FakeRussian: Bizarrely inverted {{inverted}} in-universe by The Tartars (derived from real life Tatars). They, in fact, speak ''perfect'' Russian without any sort of accent! Which is quite curious, since the actual Tatar language is unmistakably different from Russian. Justified, [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] however, since there are many Tatars with Russian as a first language.



* LightIsNotGood: The movie version of Mrs Coulter, who not only is blonde and beautiful but dresses in shiny clothes and has a golden monkey for a daemon. In addition, the evil polar bear king Ragnar Sturlosson [[CaptainObvious is white]] and has a shiny armor (compared to the duller armor of Iorek), and instead of using a special blade as in the books intercision is done in the movie via some weird laser machines. Considering there's hardly anything bad related to darkness in the movie (except for the nasty looking wolf daemons of the Magisterium soldiers), its fairly safe to say this movie is perhaps the best to express this trope.

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* LightIsNotGood: The movie version of Mrs Coulter, who not only is blonde and beautiful but dresses in shiny clothes and has a golden monkey for a daemon. In addition, the evil polar bear king Ragnar Sturlosson [[CaptainObvious is white]] and has a shiny armor (compared to the duller armor of Iorek), and instead of using a special blade as in the books intercision is done in the movie via some weird laser machines. Considering there's hardly anything bad related to darkness in the movie (except for the nasty looking nasty-looking wolf daemons of the Magisterium soldiers), its fairly safe to say this movie is perhaps the best to express this trope.



* {{Motifs}}: The good guys are surrounded by circles (the circular aleithometer, Lord Azriel's carousel projector, most of the instruments at Jordan College etc), while the evil characters by ovals (the Magisterium's logo and the intersicion room at Bolvangar, which is dominated by a oval arch). The designers of the film notes that the circle is a pure form, and the oval is a corruption thereof.

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* {{Motifs}}: The good guys are surrounded by circles (the circular aleithometer, Lord Azriel's carousel projector, most of the instruments at Jordan College etc), while the evil characters by ovals (the Magisterium's logo and the intersicion intercision room at Bolvangar, which is dominated by a oval arch). The designers of the film notes that the circle is a pure form, and the oval is a corruption thereof.



* TalkingAnimal: Played absolutely straight with the [[RuleOfCool Panserbjørne]], intelligent [[BearsAreBadNews polar bears]] with thumbs and a talent for metalworking. The daemons also count.

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* TalkingAnimal: [[PlayedStraight Played absolutely straight straight]] with the [[RuleOfCool Panserbjørne]], intelligent [[BearsAreBadNews polar bears]] with thumbs and a talent for metalworking. The daemons also count.
23rd Apr '16 9:00:24 AM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Ms. Coulter has black hair in the books but is played by bottle-blonde Creator/NicoleKidman. WordOfGod is that Pullman wished he'd done this in the first place, understandably since [[spoiler: fair-haired Lyra is her daughter.]]
** Not that it makes a big difference, plot-wise. [[spoiler:Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, is fair-haired in the movie, and not specified in the book, though even there it's said that Lyra's resemblance to him was so complete that nobody else could be her father. Assuming genetics works the same, if he was blonde, and Ms. Coulter happened to have a recessive trait for blondness, then Lyra had a 50/50 shot at being either light- or dark-haired.]]
** Also, Serafina Pekkala is described as "fair" in the book, and she's played by the dark-haired (DyeHard) Eva Green.
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the book, Lyra saves the kids ''before'' being captured by the bears. The other way around, it seems pretty odd that after Iorek regains the rule of the bears, he doesn't lead them to help her. They try to cover it by having Lyra cross an ice bridge that would collapse under anyone else, but even then, Iorek is the only one with her.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Ms. AdaptationDyeJob:
** Mrs
Coulter has is black hair haired in the books but is played by bottle-blonde Creator/NicoleKidman. WordOfGod is that book and blonde in the film. Philip Pullman wished he'd done gave his approval of this in - "I was wrong. She has to be blonde" - as Nicole Kidman had been his personal favourite for the first place, understandably since [[spoiler: fair-haired Lyra is her daughter.]]
role.
** Not that it makes a big difference, plot-wise. [[spoiler:Lyra's father, Lord Asriel, is fair-haired in the movie, and not specified in the book, though even there it's said that Lyra's resemblance to him was so complete that nobody else could be her father. Assuming genetics works the same, if he was blonde, and Ms. Coulter happened to have a recessive trait for blondness, then Lyra had a 50/50 shot at being either light- or dark-haired.]]
** Also,
Serafina Pekkala is described as "fair" "fair-haired" in the book, and she's played by book but depicted with dark hair in the dark-haired (DyeHard) film. Ironically Eva Green.
Green is a natural blonde.
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the book, Lyra saves the kids ''before'' being captured by the bears. The other way around, it seems pretty odd that after Iorek regains the rule of the bears, he doesn't lead them to help her. They try to cover it by having Lyra cross an ice bridge that would collapse under anyone else, but even then, Iorek is the only one with her.[[/note]]It was filmed the order it was in the book but then swapped around as the studio felt that the battle at Bolvangar made a better climax[[/note]]



* CompositeCharacter - Billy Costa is a merger of himself and Tony Makarios.

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* CompositeCharacter - CompositeCharacter:
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Billy Costa is a merger of himself and Tony Makarios.



* CutShort: The ending of the book was filmed, but chopped off to avoid a DownerEnding. Fans were wary of how they could make it work as the beginning of film two instead, but we'll never know.

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* CutShort: The ending of the book was filmed, but chopped off to avoid a DownerEnding. Fans were wary of how they could make it work as the beginning of film two instead, but we'll never know. Showing how late this decision was made, clips of it still appear in the trailer and in the video game.



* FakeRussian: Bizarrely inverted in-universe by The Tartars (derived from real life Tatars). They, in fact, speak ''perfect'' Russian without any sort of accent! Which is quite curious, since the actual Tatar language is unmistakably different from Russian.
** Justified, since there are many Tatars with Russian as a first language.

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* FakeRussian: Bizarrely inverted in-universe by The Tartars (derived from real life Tatars). They, in fact, speak ''perfect'' Russian without any sort of accent! Which is quite curious, since the actual Tatar language is unmistakably different from Russian.
**
Russian. Justified, since there are many Tatars with Russian as a first language.



* FullNameBasis: Lyra is like this with several characters, including the witch Serafina Pekkala and Iorek Byrnison.
** This is probably to emphasize Serafina Pekkala's exotic nature and Iorek's status as LargeAndInCharge... as well as being the physical embodiment of RuleOfCool.
* HappilyEverBefore

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* FullNameBasis: Lyra is like this with several characters, including the witch Serafina Pekkala and Iorek Byrnison. \n** This is probably to emphasize Serafina Pekkala's exotic nature and Iorek's status as LargeAndInCharge... as well as being the physical embodiment of RuleOfCool.
* HappilyEverBeforeHappilyEverBefore: The movie ends just as Lyra and Roger go off to find Lord Azriel, right before [[spoiler: Roger is killed to open the portal to another dimension]].



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LightIsNotGood: The movie version of Mrs Coulter, who not only is blond and beautiful but dresses in shiny clothes and has a golden monkey for a daemon. In addition, the evil polar bear king Ragnar Sturlosson [[CaptainObvious is white]] and has a shiny armor (compared to the duller armor of Iorek), and instead of using a special blade as in the books intercision is done in the movie via some weird laser machines. Considering there's hardly anything bad related to darkness in the movie (except for the nasty looking wolf daemons of the Magisterium soldiers), its fairly safe to say this movie is perhaps the best to express this trope.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Mrs. Coulter]] is [[spoiler:Lyra]]'s mother.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Lyra is our protagonist but she quickly meets a bunch of people along her travels. Half the movie is her meeting new people and then moving onto the next set.
* LightIsNotGood: The movie version of Mrs Coulter, who not only is blond blonde and beautiful but dresses in shiny clothes and has a golden monkey for a daemon. In addition, the evil polar bear king Ragnar Sturlosson [[CaptainObvious is white]] and has a shiny armor (compared to the duller armor of Iorek), and instead of using a special blade as in the books intercision is done in the movie via some weird laser machines. Considering there's hardly anything bad related to darkness in the movie (except for the nasty looking wolf daemons of the Magisterium soldiers), its fairly safe to say this movie is perhaps the best to express this trope.
* LukeIAmYourFather: LukeIAmYourFather:
**
[[spoiler:Mrs. Coulter]] is [[spoiler:Lyra]]'s mother.



* MissingTrailerScene: Quite a few considering how much was cut from the final release. Including the entire ending.
** What is even weirder is the ''video game'' follows the plot line more than the film because it has the actual ending.

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* MissingTrailerScene: Quite a few considering how much was cut from the final release. Including the entire ending.
**
ending. What is even weirder is the ''video game'' follows the plot line more than the film because it has the actual ending.



* TalkingAnimal: Played absolutely straight with the [[RuleOfCool Panserbjørne]], intelligent [[BearsAreBadNews polar bears]] with thumbs and a talent for metalworking.
** The daemons also count.

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* TalkingAnimal: Played absolutely straight with the [[RuleOfCool Panserbjørne]], intelligent [[BearsAreBadNews polar bears]] with thumbs and a talent for metalworking.
**
metalworking. The daemons also count.
6th Dec '15 2:17:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* XMeetsY: The film adaptation resembles ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' meets ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ; The Daemons practically work in the same way the "Stands" (spiritual alter egos) of the latter work does.
6th Dec '15 2:16:57 AM Morgenthaler
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15th Aug '15 7:25:21 AM Deadlock
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An adaptation of Philip Pullman's ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', or rather, an adaptation of the first book. ''The Golden Compass'' is a loose adaptation of the first book in the trilogy and takes its name from the US title instead of ''The Northern Lights''.

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An adaptation of Philip Pullman's ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', or rather, an adaptation of the first book. ''The Golden Compass'' is a loose adaptation of the first book in the trilogy and takes its name from the US title instead of ''The Northern ''Northern Lights''.
20th May '15 5:15:15 PM nombretomado
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The movie received quite a bit of attention before release due to the controversial themes approached in the book and the appearance as a children's movie. [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Protests were staged and news stories were made about both the movie and the book]]. However, the movie ended up doing less business than was anticipated and received lackluster reviews.[[note]]... At least in the US. Internationally, it made over [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $300 million]], enough to more than cover its budget.[[/note]] Unfortunately, New Line Cinema had sold off all the international distribution rights in order to finance the film's production (apparently thinking that [[WhatAnIdiot the highly religious US audience that was protesting the film would turn out to see it]]), meaning that [[BoxOfficeBomb they never saw a penny of the international box office]]. As a result, [[CreatorKiller New Line was merged into]] Creator/WarnerBros soon after. It still won an AcademyAward for Visual Effects (''Film/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' fans [[AwardSnub were unhappy]]). The major themes of the book were altered, most likely due to ExecutiveMeddling. The [[FocusGroupEnding truncated third act]] made a second film virtually unscriptable, and so the questions of how the sequels would handle the changes were answered by the [[StillbornFranchise ultimate cancellation of the franchise.]]

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The movie received quite a bit of attention before release due to the controversial themes approached in the book and the appearance as a children's movie. [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Protests were staged and news stories were made about both the movie and the book]]. However, the movie ended up doing less business than was anticipated and received lackluster reviews.[[note]]... At least in the US. Internationally, it made over [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff $300 million]], enough to more than cover its budget.[[/note]] Unfortunately, New Line Cinema had sold off all the international distribution rights in order to finance the film's production (apparently thinking that [[WhatAnIdiot the highly religious US audience that was protesting the film would turn out to see it]]), meaning that [[BoxOfficeBomb they never saw a penny of the international box office]]. As a result, [[CreatorKiller New Line was merged into]] Creator/WarnerBros soon after. It still won an AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Visual Effects (''Film/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' fans [[AwardSnub were unhappy]]). The major themes of the book were altered, most likely due to ExecutiveMeddling. The [[FocusGroupEnding truncated third act]] made a second film virtually unscriptable, and so the questions of how the sequels would handle the changes were answered by the [[StillbornFranchise ultimate cancellation of the franchise.]]
5th Jan '15 10:24:05 AM nombretomado
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Ms. Coulter has black hair in the books but is played by bottle-blonde NicoleKidman. WordOfGod is that Pullman wished he'd done this in the first place, understandably since [[spoiler: fair-haired Lyra is her daughter.]]

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Ms. Coulter has black hair in the books but is played by bottle-blonde NicoleKidman.Creator/NicoleKidman. WordOfGod is that Pullman wished he'd done this in the first place, understandably since [[spoiler: fair-haired Lyra is her daughter.]]
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