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This review will be from someone who doesn't remember a single thing about The Golden Compass (2007), and who didn't read the books. This series wasn't marketed like Watchmen, which requires previous knowledge from the universe it is set in. Therefore, it should stand on its own... and it does, even if with a few struggles along the way, especially at the beginning. I won't spoil anything that the trailers didn't show, so don't worry.
If there's one thing no one will complain about His Dark Ma... read the rest.
S1 of 'His Dark Materials' is enjoyable viewing. First and foremost, the special effects for this show are incredible. The animals and dæmons look insane, especially by television standards. That is the thing that I love most about this. The cinematography is also top notch.
Cast-wise it's good. It's easy to see that Dafne Keen (Lyra) has serious talent, she is impressive for the majority here - at a few moments her performance isn't perfect, e.g. when finding out something in episode two, but I wouldn't expect her to be, definitely the best actor on display and she... read the rest.
(based on the season's first five episodes handed to press)
HBO is back with the show that was supposed to take over Game of Thrones' massive success. His Dark Materials' debut season was a good start (review here), but its complex, layered storylines didn't all mix up together that well. It's an extremely dense narrative, one that Jack Thorne (the sole writer of season one) had some trouble nailing it. Now, not only does he bring Francesca Gardiner, Sarah Quintrell, Namsi Khan, and Lydia Adetunji to help him co-write the episodes, but Francesca even wr... read the rest.
Finished the last episode last night, and I'm giving the show a perfect 5-star rating:
Yes, it was somewhat altered from the books that I love so much; but the changes made sense for a TV adaptation, and I don't feel that any of those changes detracted from the story in any substantial way. All the most important elements are present; casting and acting are superb; sets, costumes, and effects are top-notch; and I love seeing Lyra and Will come to life before my eyes.
The end broke my heart just as much as it has every time I read the books 💔 Any story that has the power to... read the rest.
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