Sunday, January 29, 2006
The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)
I saw The Chronicles of Narnia today with my roommates… a very well made movie and supposedly a good adaptation of the original (I haven’t read the C.S. Lewis classic).
For me as a viewer it gave me a lot of pleasure and all the thrills that a similar movie would offer. It is a movie that I believe, young ones and adults would enjoy alike… the only thing is that you may find it a bit childish at times.
But as an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkein and the Lord of the Rings series and also others, I found Narnia to be an amalgam of Lord of the Rings and Alice in Wonderland. Except that instead of Alice, here there are four siblings who wander into the magical world of Narnia through a wardrobe (with Alice, it’s a rabbit hole). Narnia where all animals (surprisingly) speak human tongue and we get to meet some interesting creatures that we have read and heard about in mythology and fantasy books like the Centaurs (human + horse), Minators (human + bull), Unicorns and Satires (human + goat)…
Like LOTR, they are entrusted a mission that they do not want and guided by a Lion who is very wise and named Aslan (to me it sounded like Gandalf in an animal form). The Lion dies in the middle, only to be resurrected later for the final war (much like the passing of Gandalf the Grey and his resurrection as Gandalf the White)… There are phoenixes and hippogriffs (like Harry Potter) and a white which who can turn her enemies into stone with a wand (sounds like an altered Medusa)
But after saying all this, the movie is an absolute delight to watch and I really recommend that you watch it and bring out that child in you, who is always thirsty for adventure…