His Dark Materials
trilogy is a fantasy series that, if not as well-loved by teens as Harry Potter and friends, is every bit as compelling in its allegorical treatment of religion, faith and humanity. Plus, those armoured polar bears are pretty damn cool…
’s 2008 poll of Hollywood’s worst adaptations,
The Golden Compass
fluffs its lines at almost every turn, ditching all of Pullman’s guile in favour of a series of lacklustre action sequences. The first part of a planned trilogy, the movie bombed at the box office, leaving parts two and three on a dusty shelf at the back of the Warner Brothers cupboard. Probably for the best, really.