Have you read the books, and do you have thoughts about this Friday's release? I haven't, and don't.
I keep seeing squawks and warnings, but they tend either to be from Roman Catholics, or by the same sorts who hear about (but don't read) books and condemn them nonetheless. Or snotty dismissals of any concerns about anything ("Well, then, let's not read Paradise Lost, either!"). (I have links giving examples of each of these, but let's stay focused.) To me, that a movie is critical of Roman Catholicism is not a minus; and I prefer criticisms to be informed. So:
Are you going to see this, will you take your kids?
That Pullman has a big mouth about how repulsive he finds Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia is a big minus to me. It's pretty well-established that he had a definite agenda to provide an atheistic alternative to Lewis, and I've read that his books are well-written propaganda tracts. I'm sure the child I'd be likeliest to take would love eye-candy and excitement and fantasy, and my subsequent discussion of any ideological poison in the movie would be accepted, but the affections would remain excited by the other aspects.
Yet, word is, Hollywood's toned down the "anti-religious" elements. Which to me is like saying Mengele tried a gentler form of scientific research.
So, any informed thoughts?
UPDATE: Al Mohler has informed thoughts; he discusses the movie and the books (thanks, Nicky Bacala).