I went to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe today (technically yesterday as it is once again later than midnight as I post this). I have two reviews:
Narnia The Movie For Those Who Read The Books
Despite the strange lack of Fenris Ulf (or maybe I just missed him? It was odd, but not too distracting. The “main wolf” character was not Fenris Ulf, because the White Witch called him something else.), and the addition of a couple of scenes and lines the movie is about 99% accurate to the book. The most important parts were kept at the expense of only a few of the details.
It’s even, dare I say it, better than the BBC version by quite a wide margin. I noticed that the White Witch in the movie was a very different take on the character. Just as megalomaniacal, but cold rather than the quick-tempered and obsessive one we saw in the BBC version. Plus: the LOTR-esque battle scenes were the best ever.
The other really odd thing besides the lack of Fenris Ulf is the way none of the kids call Father Christmas by name. I assume it’s because most of the audience would have been confused by the kids calling “Santa Claus” by a different name, but it still struck me as weird. I mean: no one knows what Turkish Delight is anymore either, and that was mentioned by name several times…
Narnia The Movie For Those Who Haven’t Read The Books
Dude, have you seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies? J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were actually buddies, so it’s not surprising that both Narnia and Middle Earth share many of the same fantastical elements and concepts. If you liked the LOTR trilogy, you should definitely check out TLTWatW. Plus: LOTR-esque battle scenes, Dude!
If you aren’t familiar with LOTR, have you at least seen the Harry Potter movies? Harry Potter is in a genre that was started by Tolkien and Lewis, so TLTWatW is almost like a prequel to Harry Potter. Check it out, you’ll like it.
For everyone else: Do you like World War II movies? If so, then you’ll definitely like at least the first few minutes of TLTWatW. Just go see it, you won’t be dissappointed.