And soon the darkness
Released on December 5, the film stars Nicole Kidman (pictured above with Dakota Blue Richards) and Daniel Craig. It has attracted opposition for its thinly-veiled critique of the Roman Catholic church, represented by the evil, child-kidnapping Magisterium.
The US-based Catholic League has urged parents to ban their children from seeing it.
However, the Kirk's Mission and Discipleship Council has taken the opposite view, and said it believes that the film provides a golden opportunity to stimulate discussion on a wide range of moral and spiritual issues.
A Church of Scotland spokesman said: "As a trilogy, the books present the struggle between good and evil as an adventure story featuring a streetwise girl as heroine. Lyra Silvertongue is a subversive figure, one of the powerless who turns out to be a saint, and so the film is an invitation to dialogue on human purpose and destiny, the abuse of power, the making of choices and the meaning of life."
The Scottish Catholic Church declined to comment.