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Early Chronicles of Narnia Review

Published November 16, 2005 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Disney
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I don't know if it is the talking animals, the arrival of Santa Claus, or the fact that it is a 'kid's story' that makes The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe NOT in our top ten films. *Please note that this selection is not created by us, but by how many times each movie page is opened. Disney has hence provided two amazing trailers for Chronicles, both of which show a better-than-faithful adaptation of the popular book by CS Lewis.

So, what gives? We have absolutely no idea why Chronicles is not in our top ten, but hope the start of positive reviews will eventually get it there.

Chronicles of Narnia Review

The good people over at AICN have received the first early review for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The reviewer is more than positive and admits he has only read one of the Narnia books. It seems like the only issue 'Ed' had was the arrival of Santa Claus [yes, he makes an appearance], something I had hoped would have been cut out in the movie. But heck, I guess the children needed to get their weapons from somebody; and who better than St. Nick?

You completely buy into the Narnia universe, mainly because of the fantastic Mr. Tumnus who really comes alive as a character and not just a hoofed cartoon. Also, the CGI work on his legs is amazing; I found myself almost distracted by it (somewhat disturbingly), trying to figure out how they did it. Another questionable element from the trailer, the Beavers, managed to be a pleasant surprise. They add some humor (not in the Gimli falling off the horse way though). Also, the CGI on them was very good too.

Thereís a couple scenes added to the film that arenít in the book. One is a fantastic battle with the wolves on a frozen waterfall that is among the most badass action sequences shot on film this year. Iíll say no more about that scene, other than that it added a lot to Peterís journey towards using his sword, and made his transition from normal boy to swordsman much more believable and less abrupt.

In fact, it was clear to see that most of the additions to the story had a solid purpose in adapting the story to film. Iím sure some people will still complain about the new material just because it wasnít in the book, but I think it helps the story work as a movie.

Since I have had a major fantasy hard-on ever since seeing the teaser trailer of The Chronicles of Narnia, something that first had me question how one turns a short book into a long movie, I cannot wait for this Disney flick to hit theatres.

To read the entire review, head over to AICN.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe opens its doors on December 9th.

For the trailer, clips, movie stills, poster and synopsis, go to the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Movie Page

Stay tuned for updates.

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