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December 19, 2005

Disney's Chronicles of Narnia

Last night, the hubby and I took the kids to see Disney's Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. All I can say is, wow! What a great film.

Having read the book multiple times, I was quite familiar with the story before going into the theater. The movie version takes very few liberties with the story, and is quite faithful to it. I won't bore you with details, as there are scads of reviews out there. I will mention, however, that the bombing scene in the beginning (that wasn't in the book) is necessary to explain why the children are sent out to the countryside to live with "the Professor."

I also don't remember the flight of Peter, Susan and Lucy from the White Witch being fraught with so many close calls, but I guess it makes for more exciting cinema.

The effects are wonderful--the Beavers, Aslan and other creatures of Narnia are very lifelike. (We have a copy of the BBC miniseries that was made around 1984, and laugh at the full-sized adults dressed up as beavers, etc.) The children who portray the Pevensy children are all excellent, and Tilda Swensen is perfectly cast as the White Witch.

If you have very young children, I wouldn't recommend it as there is some disturbing imagery. My youngest (who will be 10 next month) hid her eyes during some of the more violent scenes, including the sacrifice of Aslan at the hands of the White Witch. Even so, she came away smiling, and for the most part enjoyed the film.

And for those who are griping about the Christian overtones in the movie (and, of course, in the book), I have this to say: The story can be taken at face value or can be picked apart in as much detail as one cares to. The ones who are squawking about the Christianity are probably the ones who criticized those who wanted to ban Harry Potter because of the witchcraft. Don't like it? Don't see it, and leave it to those who have an interest.

I would pay the ten bucks to see it again.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 10:34 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0) | Entertainment

I haven't been to the movies in ages, but this is one I'd like to see.

Posted by: oddybobo at December 19, 2005 12:33 PM

Agreed, the new film is great. I took my daughters and we all enjoyed it immensely.

Now I wonder if they'll make a series of films to match the books...

Posted by: reverse_vampyr at December 19, 2005 04:15 PM

I saw it tonight, and it is very very good.

There were children as young as five or six in the cinema, which I'd say is too young - but I didn't hear a peep out of them during the film.

And there was a group of teenage boys in the row behind us, and I hardly heard a peep out of them either. So they must've got something right. :)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 26, 2005 07:14 AM

Oh, and the girl who played Lucy? Wonderful!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 26, 2005 07:14 AM
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