First, and possibly most importantly:
LEE SCORESBY FTW.
Seriously. He was perfect. I love him so much in the books, and now I love him so much in the movies, and LOVE.
The casting overall was really good, I thought. I even ended up really liking Nicole Kidman, even though I wasn't completely sold on her when the casting was announced.
The movie was also pretty perfect visually, I thought. Like, it just looked really good.
The pacing was a little... weird. Like it was both too fast and too slow at the exact same time? But considering how long you go in the books without knowing what the fuck is going on I'm not really sure how they could have fixed it, so there is that.
Mostly, I loved the movie a lot, and I want to reread the books SO BAD now.
OH AND LYRA AND ROGER HELD HANDS NCJKNJKGBSHIBJZKL OTP 4EVA.
er, spoilers for people who saw the movie and haven't read the book, so don't read past here!
WTF WHERE WAS THE END OF THE BOOK? THE LAST 30 PAGES WENT MISSING. vjkbkvksdbvbsdjv
Apparently they filmed it, but didn't put it in because they aren't sure if they're doing the next two movies? but wtf, how do you START a movie with Roger dying and Lyra entering a new world?
I was all preparing myself for Roger to be gone, too, and then it was OVER and like... that wounded me.
Okay I'm done now. ahaha.