The Lion, the Witch, and and the Wardrobe
2/4/2009, reviewed by Eli Evans
We first watched this shortly after reading the book and weren't very far from disgusted at the way they tried to rewrite the dialogue (who has the audacity to think they can write better than C. S. Lewis???). A few months later we decided to give it another try, but it got the same response. Having just finished the book again, we gave this movie one more chance and were surprised at how few times we gagged. We were more understanding this time of the unfortunate need to make the plot more visually exciting and I liked the way the White Witch played her part (but who thought up the blonde dreadlocks?).
Visually, this movie is excellent, though I still think everyone should read Narnia first so they can develop their own idea of that world before getting sucked into the modern film-maker's version of it. Our main complaints are still the dialog and the absence of Aslan's teaching the children how to be kings and queens. While we have ceased to think that this butchers the book, we continue to believe that it fails to capture the heart and soul of Narnia.
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