Across the Universe

 

 Across the Universe

OK, the last thing I want to do is oversell this thing. That said, it’s the most fun I’ve had with a movie in years.

The kids are all wonderfully appealing and their sense of the music is terrific.

So far as I’m concerned, Julie Taymor walks on water.

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The Golden Compass

 

 Golden Compass

This is one to see on the big screen — a thoughtful, lively story, vividly rendered. For pure eye candy, it’s up there with LOTR and Bladerunner.

Nicole Kidman is great, as are Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards  and … well, they’re all terrific, all clearly having a lot of fun, everyone bringing their best to what they surely knew was a big thing.

I know a bit about the movie’s backstory and the brouhaha regarding its theology. Hard to say how a story so full of the supernatural might be considered atheistic. The big bad here is organized, tyrannical religion — if you can imagine such a thing.

In another piece of pleasant irony, Kidman’s character is the picture of scheming, evil cunning and is known as ‘the Coulter woman.’