I've decided against that. I don't want to give my meager dollars to this enterprise.
There's lots of commentary out there on the blogosphere, and not all are "nitwits" (which is how Pullman described those opposing the movie!).
As always, Amy Welborn nails it. Brava!
Several money-quotes. Here are a few:
Because nothing says, "dark irony" like a movie focused on blasting a "Magisterium" using a group of…er…bishops…to sell itself.[That's referring to New Line Cinema using ads that twist the (already problematic) USCCB review of the movie to sell it as if it had the approval of the Catholic Church! This beggars belief!]
The irony of trying to shut down debate about a work that sees shutting down debate as a crime against humanity is almost too much.And
News flash: Being critical and discerning about entertainment choices is not a sin. Last I heard, it was a positive quality.
Look at this way. After we finish with The Golden Compass, shall we break out The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to open up discussion on Judaism?Oh go read it all!
Probably not. Why?
Because we recognize that the Protocols are lies. It doesn't matter that some people ascribe to that world view or believe that Jews are as the Protocols describe them. They are still lies. They are not helpful as a "starting point" for a discussion about the nature of Judaism. The starting point for a good - really good, fruitful discussion - is not the bigoted, agenda-driven misrepresentation of others.
So it is with the Golden Compass. The Authority - the God that is killed - is not the Christian God. It is a caricature - the caricature of every village atheist mired in adolescence. The "reality" that the fantasy is trying to create is that religious authority stands in opposition to truth, and that - via the imagery - that Catholicism is the primary embodiment of this, and ergo, Catholicism stands in opposition to the truth that brings human beings happiness and an awareness of their true selves.