Meli and the in-laws and an army pilot and I went and saw The Chronicles of Narnia today. Observations:
I never read the books as a child, since I was always more interested in Garfield and pornography. And so, I saw the movie from the perspective of someone with absolutely no familiarity with the story. That said, I really liked the movie.
The actress who plays Lucy, the youngest (and most precocious!) of the archetypal children, is pretty beyond the usual "I'm cute because I'm a small child" attractiveness. However, there's one point early in the film where she gasps in wonder at a tree or something and for the first time reveals her English teeth in all their horrid glory, at which point I let out an audible groan.
The white witch looks just like James Spader. She had a real vagina dentata thing going.
I'm really tired of movies where the centerpiece is a bloated CGI battle sequence, but I have to say that the one in this film is pretty good. The sword-fight between Peter and the white witch was rad, despite my brother-in-law's comment that "If they want me to be interested in a battle, I need something more than a ten-year-old fighting a woman."
I'll have to see it a few more times, but I'm pretty sure the lion was supposed to be Jesus.
At the end of the movie when the kids are all grown up, Peter looks like the creepy Burger King king.
Apparently you don't get to be a Knight of Narnia until you kill a fool.
Is anyone ever going to make another animated feature that isn't all CGI? And is Over the Hedge supposed to be based on the comic strip?