Review: “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”

You may THINK it’s called ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, but that’s the FRANCHISE name, and the name of the series of books the movie comes from.  The actual MOVIE name (and the name of the book it was made from) is ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’.  So there.

I don’t really know what to say about this.  It’s the third screen adaptation of LWW I’ve seen, and it’s basically the best one, due mainly to having the largest budget.  It is as faithful as one could hope, meaning they didn’t screw anything up with the (utterly misguided) idea of making it easier for Americans to understand.  Thank the Ghods for small favours.

It was good.  It breaks no new ground, but if it DID, it wouldn’t have been faithful to the story.  Having already liked the story, I liked the movie.  The best part for me was the group of kids in the front row who flipped out cheering and jumping during the film’s climax.  They were INTO it.

The Christian allegory was WAY overplayed in the press.  Don’t let that keep you from a good yarn.  While it’s there and it’s obvious, it can be ignored.  Not so for the rest of the books, however.

So there you go.  Another strict adaptation of a book, which is a good thing: Hollywood seems to have finally gotten the message that if they screw with the story, we won’t go see the movie.  Let’s hope the message sticks.

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One Response to “Review: “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe””

  1. What do you mean not so for the other books? LWW has the strongest Christian allegory of them all besides the Last Battle. Aside from the fact that Aslan is Narnia’s God, there is almost none in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Prince Caspian, or A Horse and His Boy. I’ll grant you that the creation and fall from grace in Magician’s Nephew is pretty obvious. Silver Chair has a glimpse of heaven, but that’s about it. The way I see it, he has the three big Christian events in the three most allegorical books. The creation in Magician’s Nephew, the crucifixion in LWW and armageddon in Last Battle. The rest are pretty free of it. Perhaps that’s just me, though.

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