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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Violence, Scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 8-13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children over the age of 13||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Golden Compass, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy violence, Some scenes may frighten young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Based on the book by Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass is the first of a trilogy. The story takes place in a parallel world where people’s spirits live outside their bodies in the form of small, talking animals, which can change shape. Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards), is a twelve year old, adventurous orphan who resides at Jordan College where her ‘uncle’, Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig) is her benefactor. Lyra overhears the college master discussing with the Magisterium, an all powerful religious order that controls their world, Lord Asriel’s proposed expedition to research ‘dust’. This mysterious particle permeates their world from other worlds and the Magisterium will go to any lengths to prevent Asriel from going.
Lyra is also troubled by rumours that children are being stolen by Gobblers. When Lyra is befriended by the beautiful but mysterious Mrs Coulter (Nicole Kidman), she is at first thrilled to accompany her on a trip to the North. However Lyra becomes increasingly suspicious that Mrs Coulter has something to do with the Gobblers.
Lord Asriel gives Lyra a gift of a golden compass, the only one left of its kind, in which she can see the truth. Lyra sets out on a quest with her golden compass to find and rescue her best friend Roger (Ben Walker), who’s been taken by the Gobblers. The quest leads her on an extraordinary journey where she meets Iorek (Ian McKellan), an ice bear, Serafina the witch (Eva Green). A tribe of Gyptians have been entrusted with her welfare and together they have to fight the forces of evil.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Warfare, supernatural powers.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
None of concern.
None of concern.
None of concern.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
None of concern.
The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy film with spectacular graphics, which is likely to appeal to older children. It is too intense however, for younger children. The main message from this movie is that good triumphs over evil.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include self sacrifice, loyalty, courage and friendship. This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss the need to find alternative ways to face conflict rather than resorting to physical violence.
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