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Chronicles of Narnia Vs LOTR

Published December 5, 2005 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Disney
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Another review comes floating in for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe that claims you must find your inner child to truly enjoy this film. Ok, ok, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the review claims that Narnia is just a touch away from greatness and even goes on to compare the film to Lord of the Rings. With King Kong on the way, don't we think Peter Jackson is getting enough attention?

Chronicles of Narnia Review

Even though I have been waiting out to hear the review from Ebert & Roeper [I forgot to TIVO it, damn!], the latest review for The Chronicles of Narnia posted over at AICN is just too cool and detailed to pass up. And guess what! The review is spoilerless.

Narnia is an excellent film, one that I absolutely loved and will gush about in a few moments. But itís no Lord of the Rings. Itís a kids film, one that will separate the wheat from the chaff in geek culture as to who still lets their inner child come out to play and who strangled theirs to death with the banality of their own existence years ago. Me, I have a very strong connection to my inner child. Itís why Harry and I get along so well. We each have two inner children Ė the 8 year old that delights in watching kids films and hitting each other with Hulk hands, and the 13 year old that laughs at 22-inch turd jokes. This is a film for the 8 year old. This is a film entirely about wonder, what it is to have the innocence of a child and what it is to have the urge to one day be a king without actually having any prerequisites to be one. Lord of the Rings, on the other hand, despite being a work widely read by the young, isnít anywhere near the kids series Narnia is. Itís mature, bloody, and has several through lines that are far more complicated than Narnia ever gets.

Me? I loved every minute of this. From itís dark opening amid the bombing of the Blitzkrieg to its sappy, but wonderful ending. Every moment. This is a film that is really, really good Ė but just short of being truly great (something I attribute more to my preference of source material than to the film making itself.) Every aspect of the filmmaking is truly inspired. Andrew Adamson, in his first live action effort, really went to town on this. The visual effects are stunning and seamless.

Before you ask, yes, Santa Claus does make an appearance in The Chronicles of Narnia. While reading the book I did experience a bit of discomfort on the arrival of Mr. Claus and the fact that it is him, Father Christmas, who gives the weapons to the children. Why didn't I get a two-handed blade underneath my Christmas tree? Looks like someone is playing favorites.

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 trailers, clips, more reviews, movie stills, posters and synopsis, go to the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Movie Page

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