Now for potential spoilers:
pagurus is right. Anything with armoured bears is better than something without armoured bears.
The anti-religious subtext wasn't that sub. It was kind of blatant, and for me it seemed almost more like anti-establishment. Also, feisty heroine FTW! Not so sure about the dogs - all their legs seemed too short. And Nicole Kidman kept grist happy and makes quite a good Evil Overlady.
But, on to the important stuff - ARMOURED BEARS! How did they put their armour on? And how did Unpronouncable Named Good Bear take Unpronouncable Named Bad Bear's bottom jaw off then tear his throat out without getting a speck of blood on him? And get his own face gouged without bleeding?
Those of you who've read the book - do the Ice Bears not have blood?
Other than that, I enjoyed it. It was a fun fantasy with cool dialogue, a fairly good base plot, believable CGI and Sam Elliott (why is it that every time I see him in a new movie, the first thing I think is "Oh gosh, is he still alive?")
It was worth ten bucks.
However, I'm about done with the whole steampunk thing. Unlike cyberpunk of old, which at least had some kind of non-trendy following, it just seems like an overrated fashion bandwagon that everyone has jumped on for no apparent reason.
So, for those of you who might have a clue or an interest - what, pray tell, is the point of steampunk? Does it have one? Or is it just the latest "Hey that sounds like a cool word and it's fun to play dressups so yeah, I'm in" inane fashion trend?
OK, Golden Compass game time. Last night we decided that if grist had a daemon, it'd be a small brown stripey dog. If you had one, what would it be? Or, if you like, pick someone else and tell me what theirs would be.
Also, it can stop raining now if it likes. *nod*