Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Okay -- Narnia

Everyone else is blogging about it and I'm not sure what I have to offer, but here are a couple thoughts... First, I must say that as a popularity snob, I was pre-disposed to not like this movie. Maybe it's a defect of character, but when the local Christian radio station gets all excited about something, it makes me want to run away. But after seeing it Sunday night, in a surprisingly empty theater (less than 1/4 full), I'll give it a 7 (out of 10). Here's the breakdown: Graphics -- because it's in the same genre as Lord of the Rings, there will be inevitable comparisons, and frankly, this movie can't hold a candle to LOTR. There were multiple occassions that I thought it felt like vintage 1980's graphics. Also, I found the battle scenes to be particularly lame -- but this is a movie cleared aimed at the 10 and under set, so it is what it is. Story -- As far as movies go, this one did a better job than most at following the book, although I thought at times the story in the movie moved somewhat slowly. (This may be the first time that I could actually read the book faster than I can watch the movie!) I thought it could have been shortened by about 20 minutes and been none the worse. I was initially afraid that it would be overly Christianized. Actually, my lingering question after watching is "would I have liked this movie if I weren't a Christian, who grew up reading Narnia?" My last comment is simply a link to another blog post called The Children, The Witch and the Wardrobe (and a lion). It's not a blog a usually read, but I followed a link from another site, and I thought that this woman really captures something that I didn't know how to voice, namely that this movie felt soulless. (If you're interested, just follow the link, although her shot at churches that don't have services on Christmas Day, is a little rude.)

5 comments:

Kirt Manuel said...

I concur with Amy's thoughts that the movie left me with little understanding of the significance of Aslan, nor any real emotional attachment to him.

rj said...

It's hollywood...what do you expect? I would guess that the people who put the movie together didn't have Jesus in mind when they made it... they wanted to sell tickets. I'm just amazed that they even made it into a movie. I'd say that's a step in the right direction if nothing else.

Dan Luebcke said...

CKD...I'll have to disagree a bit with Amy's thoughts and yours. I thought this movie brought out the humanity of Christ in the character of Aslan which I think often gets overlooked when we think about Jesus. I found it to bring great significance to the character as we still saw Aslan as King. I found this refreshing and very appropriate as we celebrate our God becoming 100% human this month.

ckd said...

Dan --
I think you've taken too many drugs in conjunction with your recent ACL surgery and so you had a totally different experience than everyone else! -- kidding!

Seriously though --
I would agree with your comments if you were talking about the books, but the movie didn't do it for me -- the Aslan of my imagination is so much more. I guess that's just it for me -- no depiction of Aslan can ever be as nuanced and as complete as my imagination.

Dan Luebcke said...

Dude...I am on drugs...all legal BTW! When it comes to our journey's of Neverland, the screen will never compete. Excellent take!

You get the Broncos on National TV my friend!