Monday, December 12, 2005

The Chronicles of Carl: The Review, the trailor, and well, be happy you got that much.

A review of Chronicles of Narnia.

For those of you who have read the book (and really there are just two kinds of people in the world. Those who have read the book as a child and those who haven't), but it was a long time ago. Go back and read it. It's amazing how much the book leaves to the imagination. It's almost like video games when you think about it. Harry Potter books are growing in size. I hear the next volume will actually be 3 books because the binding is so complex. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure the details and imagery create a marvelous world (I do enjoy the movies). That's the HD type of book though. Everything is pointed out, and in great detail (which is awesome).

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe though, is like the Atari 2600. Your character is a square and he's fighting some circles and you have to watch out for lines that pass by. This is not to say that the book isn't good. It's great. Just like the Atari was great, and it's still fun.

I bring this analogy up though, because the movie is a person's vision of the book. The book relies on your mind to create the world (which is why it's so great for kids I think). The movie stays very faithful to the book though. I don't think any parts were left out. The HP movies were Rowling's vision of her world put on film. In Narnia it is the directors vision of what CS Lewis created.

A good example of this is the final battle. The book spends maybe 3 pages on this battle. You make the entire battle in your mind. But in the movie everything is visualized and layed out for you.

At any rate, the movie is really good and it will be one I get on DVD. Probably the best thing I liked about it was that it visualized a lot of allegories I had missed while reading it.

A trailer: X-men 3. I know it's not going to be as good. I'm excited to see it anyway.

1 comment:

  1. I'm totally psyched about X3... unfortunately, I can't see the trailer on these government issued computers :(

    I did see some one of the scripts being batted around on Ain't It Cool News... the director was in limbo at that point. Looks like the Dark Phoenix will be a story line (but no Hellfire Club) and a waterd down Legacy Virus thing? Anyway, I'll be there opening day... so close!