i’m a big cs lewis fan so i was worried about disney botching up another children’s favorite, and twisting it to some non-religious diluted over generalized movie as not to offend other people of different religions.
overall, i give the movie a good solid 4 stars out of 5 because it did mainly stick to the story, with a few exceptions and add ins. but despite the additions, it didn’t really subtract, detract, or distract from the symbolism and intent.
the eye candy was nice, as was most of the characters that were computer animated- esp. the very detailed Aslan, and my second favorite- Mr. Tumnus. The real characters were also well casted, esp. Tilda Swanson as the White Witch. She really brought an icy cold feel to her character, with an appearance that made you want to watch her, and be enthralled and angered at the same time. She was well suited for the role, conveying such power.
The one casted character that i wasn’t too happy with, and who i thought was so irritating, although i don’t remember her being that vexing in the novel, was the older sister Susan. I thought she got in the way more than Edmund, who had more of a role in the story since he was the person who received forgiveness in the end. There was just something about the girl who played susan who i didn’t get used to, and couldn’t bring myself to believe.
The movie was exciting, but if i would have to complain, if there’s one thing to complain about, it would be the beginning of the movie. They prolonged the hide-and-seek too long, as well as the first visitations to Narnia. I didn’t see the necessity to dwell on the insignificance of the beginning, and having to drag on with their first visit. To be honest, i fell asleep anticipating the excitement.
It was pretty good though, and highly recommended, esp. for children since it will color their faith through all the allegory.