Thursday, December 29, 2005
The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

I had some doubts whether I can review this movie in a good faith, because I really like this movie. That's why it took me so long to review. I read the book first-hand, and then when I watched the movie, I felt like I wasn't being entertained at all. Don't get me wrong, I like this movie very much, so you people won't burn me in stake. But there's a sense of falseness watching this film, like I found so many hidden layers of messages. Not the obvious one like Christian allegory or some sort, but something else.

Based on the classic novel by CS Lewis, The Pevensie children of Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) are sent to a professors' country home in order for protection during World War II. They find a magic wardrobe which leads to a mystical land called Narnia, which is being ruled by an evil witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton). To defeat the Witch, they must join forces with Aslan (Liam Neeson) the lion God of Narnia, and the great battle between good and evil.

It is aimed to all ages, and it means children too. So the whole action, even dialogues seems to be repressed. The movie really adapt heavily from the book, so there are no surprises whatsoever. I was expecting new fresh scene or maybe the moviemaker might wanna be more creative and made something up, but none of that happened. I feel like I'm reading a book, because the scenes are mostly taken from the pages...front and back! Because the premise is taken directly from an old book, the situation and the moral in my opinion seems to be outdated. Good versus evil, and the whole black and white world looks out of place in this century, where everything is in grey area. Good and evil are depends on the eyes of the beholder. They depicted Edmund as a sinful boy. I thought he's just desperately trying to find attention. I find myself a bit worried when I see the scene between Lucy and Mr.Tumnus (James McAvoy); what message should kids discover here? That it's okay to trust a stranger? Mr.Tumnus lured Lucy to his house and drugged her...that's pretty disturbing. I shed some tears during Aslan's sacrifice scene. It's so powerful, eventhough I know what happens next, still I feel sad.

The performances are brilliant, especially from Tilda Swinton and Skandar Keynes. The boy is so handsome and his acting is so natural. I predict that he will be the next big thing in the future. Jadis as potrayed by Tilda Swinton is scared the bejeez outta me. She's awesomely scary. Only one other witch that scared me, which is Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Jadis here is the epitome of evil, and she's freakin' me out. The special effect...well, not so much. I could tell some scenes have bad special effects, like the backgrounds and the animals. You can tell they're fake. Overall, I do think this movie is a classic one. Don't compare it with Lord of The Rings trilogy, because it's different. Favoritism wise, Goblet of Fire is better. I like it, but hopefuly they'll make it better.

Ratings: 8/10


Posted at 05:43 pm by hanitje

Nao
April 28, 2006   12:03 PM PDT
 
I agree for the Lucy and Tumnus. It made me think of pedophils lurking around children and those poor kids just believed them. Gee!! It's really scary to think of the effect?!
 

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