The Golden Compass.
I am not generally a big fan of High Fantasy (otherwise known as Tolkien plus his knock-offs), especially not children's high fantasy. I was barely aware of anything called Narnia, and this is the first time I've heard of The Golden Compass. But I admit the graphics of this trailer are very impressive, especially if your computer/connection/monitor is up to the 1080p HD version. Eye candy is always a way in with me.
By the way, if you like futuristic/retro cityscapes with airships and such, I recommend the anime Metropolis. The story is just OK, but the visuals of the city are mind-blowing.
Damien enlightens me:
The Golden Compass is actually drawn from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.
Don't know about the film, but I loved the books, they're quite profound and touching in the end in addition to being a great read for not-so-young people ;-)
Yes, this was pointed out to me by somebody on a mailing list, Michael said:
"Personally, I have a hard time reading Tolkien, and can't stomach
Narnia at all.
His Dark Materials (the trilogy of which TGC is the first part) is another thing entirely, in my eyes. It's dressed in high fantasy clothes, but it's really, really good. Yes, there's allegory; but unlike Narnia, which is an allegory with people tacked on, HDM is first and foremost a story about people.
I cannot imagine Hollywood making a honest adaptation of these three books. The first one, sure. The second one, maybe. The third, no way in hell."