Monday, December 12, 2005

le lion, la sorcière blanche et l'armoire magique

I have yet to use this blog to rave about a film I love, but woke up this morning smiling in the aftermath of this film so decided it was the bloggage!
Characterisation was spot on (which is something I like in a film), especially loved their portrayal of Aslan, soundtrack was fantastic, twas visually stunning, and there was just something about the film was positively magical!

This is high praise coming from someone who is an absolute purist when it comes to film versions of books, who grew up reading the books over and over and over. Ok there were some very cheesy moments, and bits of cheesy dialogue but those were the bits that made me cry the most...

But definitely one of my favourite aspects of the film, and also my favourite aspects of the books is what seems to me like blatantly obvious symbolism. Everything about the film seemed to be whispering "hope doesn't disappoint us!"
My favourite character has always been Edmund, even though I always want to give him a good kick in the shins at first, by the end he seems to me, the wisest. He is the one I most identify with, simply because he understands...

I'm just a little kid at heart. Think I always will be...

10 comments:

Andy said...

That was a good movie wasn't it (though I have to disagree, Aslan was definately the best character).

chiisai sutefu said...

I have yet to see it, but I can't wait. Only a couple of days left before I do. I've only heard good things about it. Aslan is the best character, but I always seemed to identify with Lucy and her closeness with Aslan, and Aslan's rebukes to her always seemed to resound to me.

I've always been a bit of a purist when it comes to books made into films, so what did you think of the Goblet of Fire?

Andy said...

Not a bad movie but then I never read the book.

Dish said...

Not read the book! Shock horror! Did anyone ever read the Anthropos books by John White? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archives_of_Anthropos
I read most of the series, and though they were so similar to Narnia books, I loved them!
And yeah Steph, I did enjoy the Goblet of Fire as a film in it's own right, though the book is better. Books always are.

Andy said...

Not necessarily. I've read some pretty awful books that were based on great movies. Maybe it depends on which comes first - the book or the movie?

Jonny B said...

I saw the film in Edinburgh, the film score was totally great hence i bought it on saturday in town only to get grief from dispised microsoft and its DRM things. As for the film, its not bad like, but hmm the cheesy moments often spoil it for me, plus i also remember the bbc television series being totally amazing. But wasnt a bad film at all, some good moments and some cheesy, worth a view.

Andy said...

Why does everyone have such a fixation with the BBC version? The new one's way better!

Dish said...

if anyone has seen the bbc version recently or been subjected to watch it a million times with younger siblings, they would hate it as much I do!

LLaws said...

i cant remember the old one! going on christmas eve with the rents to see it! [yay!]. book is ONLY ever better if it comes before film- look at the star wars books! Shocking!
Harry P was good as a film, but the books are enthralling for so many more hours! [and more hours of Harry is def a good thing!]

stew2 said...

see am not sure i think i have to see just to make sure it just the end that i dint like it put me off the hole film if they had keep like the start wwith all the dark and well done bits of it like the bbc would do then it be fine but they might have jsut over done it