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Reviews and feedback for The Chronicles of Narnia film
December 10, 2005 | DaveLoneRanger

Posted on 12/10/2005 7:47:30 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger

Okay, everyone, you've had a chance to see the film! Currently, it is at the top of the box office, per Drudge.

Some reviews and discussion have entered the board, but I thought I'd create an "official" thread for feedback, and ping the Narnia list so we can all discuss our thoughts, excitement, enjoyment, etc. about the film.

I have to warn you! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. This is for folks who have ALREADY SEEN THE FILM. If you haven't, and don't want spoilers....hit the little X on the top-right of this window.

I have written two reviews, one for NarniaWeb.com, and one for Amazon.com. But those have word limits, and there are other things I wish to discuss, the little elements I have time to pick on.

You can read my NarniaWeb review here: http://www.narniaweb.com/reviewShow.asp?id=68

And the Amazon.com review here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/B00005JO1V/ref=cm_rev_next/002-4272324-0450453?%5Fencoding=UTF8&customer-reviews.sort%5Fby=-SubmissionDate&n=562436&s=theatrical&customer-reviews.start=31

So tell me what YOU thought? Was it too long? Too short? Were the roles well-cast? Did you agree with me that Aslan just seemed too small? More of the tame side? How about the music? Battle action? Witch? Scenery? Special effects? I think Patrick Kake (General Orieus) got way too little screen time.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; TV/Movies
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1 posted on 12/10/2005 7:47:32 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger
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To: Joe 6-pack; k2blader; Richard Kimball; nicmarlo; Uncle Vlad; tbird5; Borges; ConservativeDude; ...
(((NARNIA AWAKE)))



You are being pinged because of your interest in Walden Media’s December 9th release of
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
Freep-mail if you want on/off this list.

Make sure to visit NarniaWeb.com for all the latest news, rumors and information!

2 posted on 12/10/2005 7:50:01 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger ("As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on.")
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To: DaveLoneRanger
"Okay, everyone, you've had a chance to see the film!"

I did? When was this...?

3 posted on 12/10/2005 7:50:03 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (We need HRC for President like Michael Moore needs a Burger King franchise)
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To: Darkwolf377

Unless you live overseas, it released nationwide on December 9. You had a CHANCE...that doesn't mean you went. :-)


4 posted on 12/10/2005 7:52:20 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger ("As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on.")
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To: DaveLoneRanger

No, I didn't have a CHANCE because I've been WORKING. :P


5 posted on 12/10/2005 7:58:01 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (We need HRC for President like Michael Moore needs a Burger King franchise)
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To: Darkwolf377
So have I. I am planning on seeing it on Wednesday my first day off. I will then reopen this thread and post my review.

I plan to see it twice (Wednesday and Thursday) to make up for not seeing it on Friday.
6 posted on 12/10/2005 8:02:47 PM PST by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I saw it yesterday. The battle scenes are intense for very young children, although there were lots of those in the theater. The scenes of Aslan at the stone -- leading up to and following what happens there -- are the best representation I have seen of Christ's death and resurrection. I know some like to say there is no Christ in it, but being His beloved child, I don't know how a believer can read the books or see this movie and say that. What especially spoke to me in this rendition was the frenzy of the White Witch's minions as they humiliated Aslan and prepared to fulfill the deep magic.

I love it that Lewis does not glorify or put the "deep magic" as something to seek or aspire to have, but as something to be overcome and destroyed.

The casting was perfect. The special effects were much better than I expected; the scenery was ... glorious. The sound track -- I *gotta have it.*

And when Aslan stands on that rock and roars -- wow. I especially enjoyed him chomping into the White Witch. Just deserts to the max.


7 posted on 12/10/2005 8:04:32 PM PST by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Here is my repost. Love it!!!

The substance of faith is huge in Narnia, where LOTR is more an entertainment piece.

The White Witch and her minions are exactly like liberal democrats in San Francisco. The seen where Aslan is on the stone table resembles a liberal bath house with Hillary Clinton or Pelosi standing in the middle. It really is great and I expect liberals to scream about this movie.
8 posted on 12/10/2005 8:05:44 PM PST by Porterville (Beware the Egyptian Politics)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

A friend and I are planning to take my eight-year-old neighbor girl either Tuesday or Thursday of next week, and really look forward to that.

Buying our tickets, some people drove up to the curb and shouted to us to tell us what time harry potter played. I said I didn't want to talk about harry potter and urged them to see "Narnia" instead. The *lady* yelled back that she was going to see harry potter and I thought to myself, Then get out of your car and stop yelling at the patrons. lol


9 posted on 12/10/2005 8:06:45 PM PST by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I thought that TLTWaTW is much more child-oriented than LotR.


10 posted on 12/10/2005 8:07:41 PM PST by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: Talking_Mouse

I hope you like it. I was sorta interested in seeing it, but not anymore. I will see King Kong, because I like spectacular flicks, but have had it with kid flicks. I was never a part of this trend of adults seeing kid movies willingly, but that's just me. I'm having a tough time thinking of upcoming movies I'm interested in seeing, and I'm a big movie fan.


11 posted on 12/10/2005 8:08:43 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (We need HRC for President like Michael Moore needs a Burger King franchise)
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To: GretchenM
I love it that Lewis does not glorify or put the "deep magic" as something to seek or aspire to have, but as something to be overcome and destroyed.

I have to disagree on the "deep magic" being overcome and destroyed. No the "deep magic" -- the old testament -- is not as powerful as the "deeper magic" of the new testament (Death will work in reverse). Aslan will never work against The Emperor Across the Sea, and the "deep magic" is His magic, just as the Law is His Word.
12 posted on 12/10/2005 8:21:35 PM PST by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
My wife and I went and saw it today. I read all the books as a child, while she didn't read any, so I was interested to see what we would both think. It was amazing. It gave me the chills and we were both moved to tears at certain points.

I thought the special effects were terrific. I was a bit surprised at how intense it is, especially the battle scenes, but I don't think gratuitous. The most graphic images are left to imagination, such as when Aslan is standing over the Witch on the ground, lets out a furious growl and lunges at her head with his mouth open. You don't actually see what happens, but you get the idea. When the armies gathered for battle I thought "are they really going to show some realistic fighting?" And when it broke out, I thought "Wow. Braveheart for kids!" While there's a lot of fighting and warriors being felled, you don't see much blood.

It was a long movie, but there was a lot to tell, so I didn't have a problem with the length. We don't have any youngters in the house, so we don't usually go to kids movies. I commented to my wife before we left "well, I hope there's kids there being exposed to this good vs. evil movie, since it IS a kids' movie, but I hope they are behaved". We've had problems with unruly or bored kids before who are more interested in throwing popcorn at each other than watching the movie. After we got our seats the entire row in front of us filled up with mostly young children. I thought "great, here we go". I swear, once the movie started I didn't notice anyone but my wife. The movie engrossed us all, kids and adults.

13 posted on 12/10/2005 8:27:21 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: GretchenM
I especially enjoyed him chomping into the White Witch. Just deserts to the max.

he ate her?

14 posted on 12/10/2005 8:32:32 PM PST by Full Court (Keepers at home, do you think it's optional?)
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To: Full Court

He jumps on her face. ROAR!


15 posted on 12/10/2005 8:46:47 PM PST by RedBeaconNY (Vous parlez trop, mais vous ne dites rien.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
For my review I will repost what I wrote on an earlier thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1537929/posts?page=14#14

I saw Narnia last night.

Incredible!

Amazing!

My new favorite movie of all time. (Bumps It's A Wonderful Life to number two.)

The Chronicles of Narnia are one of four stories I heard as a child which I always felt needed to become a movie. (LOTR having been done with the exception of the Hobbit.)

The first Narnia installment does not disappoint.

All seven stories were read to me and my siblings several times during my childhood. I read them for myself for the first time this year. For me it was like a way of continuing the story by seeing it on the big screen.

I am interested in hearing how those who never read the books view this movie.

As far as the criticism of Narnia being too religious, I think few people will see any religion at all unless it is pointed out first.

Besides, since when did Hollywood avoid the subject matter?

I can hardly find a movie out of Hollywood that doesn't mention God and Jesus numerous times. Even G rated movies, like Herbie, often have the ubiquitous mention of Deity, albeit not quite reverently. I don't think any Narnia stories invoke the name of God or Jesus, while most Hollywood movies do.

(BTW, in keeping with the theme, my screen name originated with C.S. Lewis. Check out my new tagline.)
16 posted on 12/10/2005 9:49:53 PM PST by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I saw it yesterday afternoon.. Blew off work. I really enjoyed the movie. I just re-read the book about 3 weeks ago and was really surprised how close it was to the book even though everything I had read to date said it was. I think it should have been longer... Even though I really enjoyed the movie, I left the theatre without any kind of feeling one way or the other. Very odd. When my husband asked me what I thought, (he didn't see it) he was surprised at my reaction to it of just oh, it was good. . . I might see it again when my son is here for Christmas. But, I will definitely buy the DVD.

Lucy & Tumnus were my favorite characters. Peter was next. I didn't think the battle scenes were too intense. Maybe for me when I was a kid, but not for todays world wise kids.

Overall, I would give it an 8.5- 9.0

Adamson is a GREAT director. I think he could be the next Lucas....

17 posted on 12/10/2005 9:56:54 PM PST by abner (Looking for a new tagline- Next outrage please!- Got it! PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS LOST IN THE USA!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Really good movie. A lot more humble than LOTR but still very good.

WOnderful CG graphics. Cool Maughrim and Minotaur leader of the Queen's army. THE Queen was really good. Her death though was not too impressive. I'd say that Edmund was portrayed in too well of a sense at first. I actually felt sorry for him. He was supposed to originally be a little g*t.

It doesn't compare with LOTR (but of course VERY little does) but also it had a much humbler book source. But it does seem much more real. Don't know why but it seems very realistic.


18 posted on 12/10/2005 10:22:48 PM PST by onja ("The government of England is a limited mockery." (France is a complete mockery.)
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To: Full Court

The camera pulled back but that's what it looked like to me.


19 posted on 12/11/2005 1:10:28 AM PST by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

remember in evaluating Aslan's size in this initial movie that throughout the seven volumes HE steadily increases in physical size

A.A.C.


20 posted on 12/11/2005 1:50:27 AM PST by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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