Mindspill Last Monday instead of going home to deal with the X-mas drama that Suite Suzy had swirling around the house; I opted for the movies, my favorite hideout. I had to choose between “The Golden Compass” or “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” as nothing else appealed to me. I decided on seeing “The Golden Compass” because my inner child forced me to indulge in this movie about fanciful adventure.

In all actuality, I wanted to see this movie for a while & wanted to take my kids but they were not interested. Anyway, cutting to the chase, I really liked this damn movie! It kept me entertained throughout & I think I shouted out with excitement a couple of times (along with others). I did find parts of the movie predictable but that never turned me off because I had to remember the intended audience.

The protagonist Lyra Belacqua, played by Dakota Blue Richards was brilliant, strong & convincing throughout. Usually some of these child actors get on my nerves but she managed to make the cut of those who know what they are doing. The main antagonist Marisa Coulter, played by Nicole Kidman was interesting because NK in real life seems to be a cold person (not that I’d really know) so I’m not sure if this role is a stretch for her.

One thing I think that would have made the movie better would have been blood! There were a couple of scenes that just called for blood to be spilled, but because of the intended audience, they had to keep it family friendly. I am hoping they come out with a directors cut!

When the movie was over, I was like no, don’t stop, I need to know what happens from here! So I guess I’m hooked by this good story like most of the other fantasy tales that have made it to the big screen (“Harry Potter”, Lord of the Rings, “The Chronicles Narnia” etc). The Golden Compass ended like it will be followed by a sequel, but from what I’m reading online, a sequel may not be happening. Even though the ending was a huge cliffhanger, I walked out feeling good about the 7.50 I spent to be taken to another place. MindspillThursday of this same week, I had a little time on my hands that I needed to use to decompress & I chose to do it at the movies, of course! “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” was the only option & officially the last movie I will see this year.

I really liked the 1st “National Treasure” movie because it reminded me of a modern “Indiana Jones”, with all of the adventure, girl, & the ultimate treasure. Well this new piece of the NT franchise has all of that but it lost so much flavor. I found “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” entertaining but it was far too predictable & it was almost to the point that I was guessing what the characters would say next. In contrast, I was always on my toes with the “Indian Jones” films.

I really don’t have much else to say so I will just leave it here & tell you to wait to see this movie on the FX network in a few months.