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posted by M Clark at 12/12/2005 11:08:00 AM
Thanks to the school snow day on Friday, Karl and I got to see a matinee on the opening day. It was great! The computer animation technology is amazing. The actors were wonderful. Lucy and Tumnus were very cute. Sadly, they saved the line about Aslan not being a tame lion until the end. I'm glad it made it in, but it appears much earlier in the book. Also, I thought that Aslan wasn't developed as a character enough before he died, making the whole stone table scene less powerful. Overall, a great movie. I'm looking forward to #2.
Would be interested in any comments people who saw it have on the intensity/scarey factor of the movie as it relates to takeing gradeschool/preschool kids to see it. Having read the book and not being scared and seeing an intense visual depiction of some another person's vision of it are different and visual sticks with you in away our own mental images don't. If you can't tell we are having a discussion about who gets to see it at our house. Just interested in what others are choosing or think.
I was scared. Oh wait, come to think of it, I got so scared when my grandfather read LW&W to me that I slept in my sister's room for a month. Maybe someone who was brave enough to read the series before they were 13 should answer, someone whose gotten to the end of "Wind in the Willows," perhaps. The war/violence is "romanticized" implied not shown, however it was every bit as intense as the book.
Like a good number of people I was worried that Andrew Adamson (director of Shrek) would not take Narnia and its underlying themes of Christianity seriously, therefore mangling it. Never the less when the opportunity arose to see it the day before its release I jumped at it, I had been greatly anticipating the movie, and thought it looked good from the previews I had seen. Contrary to what I had feared it was better than I had expected. In the course of watching it you will (or at least I did) discover that even though C.S. Lewis describes Lucy as having blond hair and the Witch black, it does not have to be that way for them to really enter into the parts and to play them very well. During the rest of the movie you will experience heartbreaking music (Tumnus), and a bloodless battle, although the Witch’s army does have several orc–like creatures in it. I did not think that it was terribly frightening but I don’t know how a younger child would see it. I think that the computer generation of Aslan, the fox, and (half of) Tumnus was done very well.
I just returned from Narnia, and was overwhelmed in the most beautiful of ways by the allegory behind the entire story. It was a beautiful story inside an above-average movie. I also just read a book which I hope will be made into a movie of the sorts. It is called “The Fall Of Lucifer”, written by Wendy Alec. The book offers a fictional account into the angel’s perspective throughout history and into the future. The main characters are three angelic brothers: Lucifer, Gabriel, and Michael. The novel develops the beauty of heven and the grotesque quality of hell, the depths of evil, and the beauty of grace. It communicates these themes through beautiful imagery and an intriguing plot. The beautiful imagry would make for amazing scenery! This is a fast read, 300 page novel that is a good spend of your holiday cash. I hope they make this book into a movie. It would be amazing.
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