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The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe August 21, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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One of last year’s biggest blockbuster, this is a fantasy tale based on famous childrens writer C.S Lewis’ novels. Given the glowing reviews and well made promos I had high expectations from this one….its always great to watch a well made fantasy adventure; but I was somewhat disappointed with this one.

What I dislike about this movie is it’s pace….which is very slow given that it is supposed to be a full fledged adventure. The visuals are good (as always), but they don’t hold your interest for long. The child artists were cute….especially the little girl. The plot is loosely based on Christian theology….that’s probably a reason it was aggressively promoted ala Passion of the Christ…and reaped good results as it was released around Christmas.

On the whole you can watch this once….but don’t have high expectations. In anycase, there are 6 books in the series and given the box office success of this one in all probability you’ll have the other 5 coming soon.

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1. Sai - August 21, 2006

I love fantasy. I generally enjoy movies with imagination but this movie was not one that I particularly liked. This one I feel is strictly for the kids. The main drawback being the pace (at 140 mintues, the film feels 40 minutes too long). The movie starts off on an interesting note but as it progresses, it tends to get really tedious. I was watching it with a group of four and it would not be an exaggeration if I said that every one of us was counting the minutes one hour into the movie. I am definitely not looking forward to the impending sequels.

There was a lot of hype for this movie considering that there was said to be some Christian allegory. As far as I understand, there was nothing much that really made such hype necessary. Of course, it was good publicity and generated a lot of money. The visuals and effects are very good but not in the same league as Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Some of the visuals in those movies are so full of imagination that it makes it worth the price of the ticket. Andrew Adamson who did a great job with the two Shrek movies does well again here but with less success. This one definitely does not capture the kind of audience that those movies did. While those movies appealed to a wide range of audience from all age groups, this one was probably enjoyed most by kids.


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