Yeah so I watched it last night because I was interested in how they were going to adapt it for the screen. My overall verdict is that its not too bad, I mean I knew they were going to screw the plot around, and also change a few bits to fit the flow better.
Anyway it was mostly okay (and I realise that will shock people), the only thing I found really offputting in the translation from book to movieness is the change of end-point, I mean Book 1 had a good natural cliffhanger. The only reason I can think of for this is that having done the events at the end of Book 1 (which is fine, climatic and grim) some kiddies may be put off. It’ll make a good start to Film 2, but to be fair the events of Book 2 also would make a good start.
The other problem I had is a few of the casting issues. Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig) is clearly not hardcore enough, I’m not quite sure who I’d have picked to play him but I always imagined him as a cross between Crowley, Gandalf and Antony Hopkins (either as van Helsing or Hannibal Lector).
Also Lee Scoresby was a bit too old in my opinion, but perhaps I should go re-read things.
Regardless of this I’ll be interested to see what happens if they’re allowed to make all three books into films, I’m wondering what kind of strange protests Film 3 will get due to its central plot-line. Also the fact that quite so much happens in Book 3, and so much of it is just damn weird will make it tricky to get into a film.