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    Saturday, December 17, 2005

    Back-Logged: Sorry for the dearth of posts, but I was blind-sided by the convergence of a very busy day in the office and my daughter's after-school English class (excuse me, "language arts" class) field trip to Narnia. Unlike the children in Narnia who disappeared into the wardrobe for years only to return to the same moment in time when they left, I couldn't get my three hours back (two for the movie, one for gathering and dispersing of the class.) Amazing how the loss of three hours can turn the next two days topsy-turvy, especially when every minute is already spoken for.

    So, how was the movie? I'm probably not a good judge. I've never cared for the Narnia books. I tried to read them as a child, and again as an adult with my children, but have always found them wanting. The characters never captured my interest. Not the human ones, and not the animal ones. In this sense, the movie is better than the books. For the first time I felt something for the four Pevensie children and for the faun, Mr. Tumnus, played splendidly by James McAvoy. Tilda Swinton makes the White Queen with a chilling evil unmatched since Disney's evil queen in Snow White. But, when all is said and done, the movie has the same problems as the book. Namely, the character of Aslan. The White Queen's character is well developed. She comes across as cold, calculating, and ruthless. But Aslan is just a talking lion - a character who is always speaking wisely and from on high. It's hard enough to believe that four-legged creature could lead an army of two-legged creatures with opposable thumbs (and thus superior fighting abilities) let alone to build a heroic character out of him. In the context of the story, a more humanoid hero would work better - even if he were a mythical humanoid.

    But, that's my take. The twenty 11-year olds I saw it with seemed to like it, and my 9-year-old loved it. However, if I had known how violent the battle scenes and the sacrifice of Aslan were, I never would have taken him.

    posted by Sydney on 12/17/2005 09:04:00 PM 0 comments


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