I saw The Golden Compass last night, to me it was just another fantasy movie. You could not really tell what the controversial "main" theme was. So as for it swaying any children, I highly doubt it. I doubt anyone could get swayed. Infact, me and my daughter actually were getting bored! my friend was dozing off, but she said it was ok. It just reminded me of a fantasy/action movie that left you hanging.
This movie also was confusing, I am usually never confused watching movies. Now maybe I was still tired from the night before, but we were all confused. It was too many story lines going on at once. The scenery was good. We all love the talking animals. The clothes kept reminding me of the late 1800's and the 1940's.
One nice thing about the movie...lol..Sam Elliot..he still has it going on!! Daniel Craig wasn't exactly hurting either!! Niclole Kidman looked beautiful, but cold..
For me...I am now wishing I didn't spend my money on this one!! it could have waited for TV!!..