Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Chronicles of Narnia

I went to the bookstore on Thursday and I saw the new One Volume edition of the Chronicles of Narnia, along side were the box sets of the original texts. It has been DECADES since I have read these books, but tonight we watched the DVD of the first film in an understood series of films based on the books. Like the Harry Potter franchise, C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia bring forth a new kind of story to be told on the Big Screen.

It was amazing to see how they translated the book to the screen, and the talking animals did work well, and did not detract from the films strong topic vision.

The Actors were superb in their roles.

Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley as Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell ..... as Susan Pevensie
Liam Neeson ...... as Aslan (voice)

The archetypal story of Good and Evil play out well on screen, as I know some have said that the overtones of "Christian faith" are overbearing. I happen to disagree. Unless you were looking for the religious overtones, it was not too much for the film to tackle.

There is the redemptive nature as the story continues on, and forgiveness and moving forward are also stressed. "What's done is done there in no need to talk about past things."

Tilda (Fucking HOT) Swinton as The White Witch
Tilda is one Absolutely Hot and incredible woman. Her acting ability is just amazing. Her portrayal of the White Witch was right up her alley. Her almost madning portrayal was incredible. Like some of her other roles, her attitude and strength really give her a "presence" unlike any other actor. This role was meant for her to play.

To go from the cold White Witch keeping Narnia
in the deep freeze it has been was amazing.
Then later on in the fight scene where she appears as this jungle fever warrior woman she is just crazed and I think she is incredible in this sequence in the film.

The "Chronicles Of Narnia" is a must see for the next generation of viewers and another generation of readers. I think this set of books is just as important to read as Harry Potter. The focus is different and appeals to another cross section of the reading public.

It was great reading when I was a kid, and I think
it can be good reading for this generation.


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