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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Matt's been to Narnia...

"one small step for man... into a wardrobe... one giant leap for movie fans!"

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

First impressions by Matt Adcock

No – this is not a review, although I am itching to tell you all about The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a film – that is embargoed until the 04 Dec (so check back then)… Now you can read it here: narnia lion witch wardrobe review

Having seen the film though, what I can tell you is this: Narnia is just awesome, it’s a place of wonder and joy, courage and betrayal, oh and the cheekiest talking beaver you’ll ever see…

"Jadis the white witch is scary enough to freak out younger children - but only the wussy ones"

What else can you expect?
Well, just imagine a nigh on perfect representation of the classic children’s tale, the children stars are great, the special effects are magical in a way Harry Potter can only dream about and the end battle is Lord of the Rings in scale and production values, but with a much wider variety of combatants. You really can't say you've ever seen a fantasy battle until you've seen a centaur make a two sworded attack lunge at a witch in a chariot pulled by polar bears...

One top bit of dialogue, which you can catch in one of the trailers, is this:
A cool looking griffin comes to land next to young King Peter and tells him –

“The enemy come in numbers far greater than our own.”
To which the brave Centaur General standing the other side of Peter (who is on his white unicorn) replies –
“Numbers do not win a battle.”
You’ve got to love Peter though as he quips –

“No, but I bet they help.”

"There is forgiveness - even for traitors in the land of Narnia"

It's no exageration to tell you that my heart blazed with pleasure watching this film – there really is only one holiday film to choose this year – and it is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!!


Anonymous said...

Was it better than Harry Potter to your opinion ?

Matt Adcock said...

Good question Ingrid... and for me it was - much better!! Narnia delivers on an epic level that is destined to be classic still talked about in many years time, and whilst Potter 4 was a good film - Lion Witch and Wardrobe is a Great one!!