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Saw Narnia tonight. Kind of a funny story behind that. My mom wanted to take all the grandkids a few weeks ago but read a bad review of it (somewhere... not sure where since most reviews I saw were pretty good) and decided it wasnt a good idea. I could write volumes about my relationship with my mother, but lets face it... it aint that kind of blog.

Anyway... the short version of the review follows:  it was spectacular. (I was gonna write that it was F'n Spectacular, but opted not too... it is a kids movie after all.)

The longer version is that this is a terrific movie for kids & parents alike. I really don't know how well it will be received by the "adults with no kids" crowd, since I'm not one of those people, but it's a great family movie.

The CGI is some of the best I have seen anywhere. Aslan (that's the Lion King... no not THAT lion king... this one has the voice of Qui Gon Jinn, not Darth Vader) looks just like a really really huge talking lion should. The centaurs and minotaurs are incredible, the gryphon was a little scrawny but it was winter after all... and the talking beavers are just amazing too.

The white queen is just plain creepy and cold and nasty in all the right ways, and somehow managed to also pull off "oddly hot" in the big battle scene. Go figure. Speaking of the big battle scene, it's been compared to LOTR in a lot of reviews, so I won't bother doing that here... other than to say, it was pretty awesome just like LOTR.

The music is subtle... no big crashes or anthems... just an ongoing Enya tribute. It works well for Narnia. I'm not a huge Enya fan and I think all her music sounds the same. I'd rather hear the ocasional orchestral piece, but like I said... it works well.

The kids... where do I start? Any review you read will tell you that Lucy (the youngest child) steals the entire movie... any review other than mine, that is. Oh sure, she's talented and cute and eerily expressive for being so young... but the CGI steals the movie for me. Sorry. Other than that, the kids were well cast. The two older children (Peter & Susan) do a fine job, but the two younger children have more significant roles. Lucy is the bravest, littlest child and of course Edmond is Judas to Aslan's Christ. (Yes there are not so subtle religious themes in the movie, complete with resurrection... but come on, it has talking beavers too. Don't forget that!!)

I'm not going to give you a blow by blow account of the entire story. If you've read the book, you already know it. The movie follows the book as closely as I can recall. (It's been 25 years since I read it.)  I will say the Santa figure was a nice touch that I had forgotten from the book, although when he started doling out weapons to the kids he kinda reminded me of the Dungeon Master from the old 80's D&D cartoon. Poor Edmond got screwed on that deal, since he was off hanging with the White Queen and sucking on Turkish Delights at that point in the story. (Just what the hell are Turkish Delights anyway?)

It's not the best movie I've seen all year. I'm not even sure it's the best movie I've seen all month, but it's been a good month and a damn good year for movies. I liked it. You'll like it, but if you haven't seen King Kong yet, go see that first. Both of these movies need to be seen on a big screen, but especially King Kong.

I also saw The Ringer this week... which made me want to take a shower (and I'm pretty sure I'm going to hell for laughing as much as I did.) It also made Narnia even more enjoyable since it's so much better than The Ringer. My cousin would rather watch Johnny Knoxville cheat at the Special Olympics than see a movie with talking beavers... I just don't understand that girl.

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 9:05 PM General Interest , Reviews | Back to top


Comments on this post: The Lion, The Witch, The Wardrobe & The Review

# !My Lion, Witch and Wardrobe review
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I went to see the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe the other day, what a great movie (my inner kid coming out)....
Left by Nothing Else Matters on Dec 31, 2005 5:11 AM

# re: The Lion, The Witch, The Wardrobe & The Review
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Saw this one a couple of weeks ago. I never cared so much for the actual story itself, since it was written *so* childlike. However, this movie was very well done. I liked it very much. Liam Neeson did a fantastic job as the voice of Aslan. It's tough, I would think, to act something you can't even see. However, I've heard that an actor's job is to lead us down paths we can't see, so I suppose this might not be as hard as I think it is. :-)

Anyway, I agree the CGI was amazng. Very well done. However, the acting of the guy who played Mr. Tumnus was pretty darn good. He made a rather believable fawn, says I.
Left by Theo Moore on Jan 02, 2006 7:13 AM

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