The adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic, that I was quietly envious (I guess not so quiet now) of because I wanted to be the one who directed a new adaptation of the novel. But oh well. I’m not a popular filmmaker at the moment, so I wasn’t able to get the funding. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. I felt like they captured the emotion of the novel pretty well for the most part, and the effects were very good. Tilda Swinton who played the white witch was wonderful casting, not only because of a good acting performance, but also because she has a great “beautiful but creepy” look. She was also the only bright spot in Constantine if you happened to see that abismal movie. And I think some people might be distracted by Liam Neeson being the voice of Aslan, but I liked it.
However, here’s the things I did not like about it. All the kids. They sucked. Now, I will say they didn’t ruin the movie, but they didn’t add anything to it either. I also wasn’t a huge fan of how they played Tumnus, but the more that I’ve thought about it, it’s bothered me less. So nevermind that complaint. Also, I thought the reveal of Aslan was immensely disappointing. The tent opens and you think “oh, there he is. Well that wasn’t nearly as intimidating as I thought it would be.” I was hoping that the first moment with Aslan would be one of fear. Like he shows up in the woods or something, and the children are afraid that he’s going to kill him. I just thought that the sense of Aslan being beautiful, and yet terrifyingly powerful was just lost, which is a shame. But overall, a good entertaining adaptation of the beloved book.
Overall Rating: 3.75
2 thoughts on “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”
I have been waiting for someone to turn Pilgrim’s Progress into a movie. You could tackle that one as your directoral debut, that is if you liked the story.
I’ll see what I can do.