Thursday, January 14, 2010

Unsolicited Movie Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe


Year Released: 2005
Genre: Adventure, family, fantasy
Cast: Georgia Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent

The Mrs.' Reaction: The cinematography on this film was beautiful and the fight scene at the end of the movie was very Braveheartesque (substituting a talking lion, fawns, cheetas, unicorns, and centaurs for Scots and trolls, giants, polar bears, and a very creepy snow queen for the English of course). From the portions I watched - because I took a brief pause to take a phone call from the Old El Paso and may or may not have perused Facebook status updates midway through the movie - it seems as though the movie stayed fairly true to the book by C.S. Lewis. Toward the end of the movie, as Punkin sat cowering in my lap, I began to have second thoughts about allowing a viewing of this at times slightly-violent-for-young-eyes film just before bedtime (and on a school night to boot).

Shortcake's Reaction: Having read the book together in the fall, Shortcake enjoyed pointing out and predicting the introduction of characters and plot as she remembered them from the story. Seems as though homegirl was really paying attention during our nightly readings even with Punkin spazzing out on the floor next to us. Shortcake took special interest in the fight scene toward the end of the movie, rooting on the good guys with fists thrown in the air and shouts of encouragement directed toward the television. Also commented in a hushed tone heavy with awe when the snow queen first appeared on screen, "Oh, mommy, look. She is so beautiful". Personally something about Tilda Swinton gives me bad vibes but to each her own.

Punkin's Reaction: Be it drama or real, Punkin staged a couple of classic "hold me, I'm so scay-uhed!" moments during the movie. I forced myself to enjoy the rare snuggle time with my little busybody who just before starting the movie (and for the two hours prior to that) was literally buzzing with the energy of a swarm of bees.

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