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  • To rival the magic of Narnia in an original screenplay is a difficult task - so difficult in fact, that I think it ought not be attempted
  • Of course, this is a problem a screenwriter would not face if he would just stick to the book

    • by Noogha
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      I am a huge “The Chronicles of Narnia” fan. I remember it as being the first book series I ever read.

      I had the privilege to attend a charity screening event attended by Skandar Keynes, and Georgie Henley (the main actors in the film). It was an event I’ll never forget.

      There are a few points that should be made:

      Accuracy to the books: To rival the magic of Narnia in an original screenplay is a difficult task - so difficult in fact, that I think it ought not be attempted. Of course, this is a problem a screenwriter would not face if he would just stick to the book. Sadly, they chose not to. Sure, there is room for adaptation; some things which work on paper simply won’t translate to screen. And so, I have no beef for minor changes, tweaks, and additions. I think


      the perfect balance between book and movie was achieved in the first installment of the Narnia movie series “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe”. That balance is not in this movie. The original plot of the book, while present, was buried under the thick fat of a cliched nonsense subplot about green mist, and a quest for seven swords. This addition was, at times, suffocating to fans of the books like me. Even if you haven’t read the books, it certainly takes away from what could have been a better film.

      However, all was not lost. There were some very important parts and themes from the book that were well adapted - especially the ending. After the ending, one can almost completely forgive the mistakes made in the rest of the film.

      Cinematography: In a word, gorgeous. This installment ...


      • of the Narnia series maintains what fantasy films are perhaps best known for: beauty. Although, admittedly, there wasn’t as much of this as one would hope, but what there was was so appealing to me, I wished for more. Grandeur sweeps of the namesake ship sailing the vast sea, and beautifully rendered islands all different from each other.

        However, I do have to complain that realism was not always maintained. There were parts that felt painfully as though they had been shot in a studio. However, that doesn’t detract from the artistic value of the scenes. While distracting, I still hold the cinematography in high regard.

        Acting: Good, and sometimes great. Georgie Henley and Skandar Keyenes did an excellent job as the two Pevensie children, as did Ben Barnes in the role of King Caspian. However, the real credit goes to Will Poulter who did

        a marvelous job playing the role of the Pevensies snobbish cousin Eustace. He was a pleasure to watch. Both funny and convincing, which can be a difficult balance to achieve. He does it quite well. The rest of the cast is also good. I don’t have any complaints about the acting.

        Special Effects: Mostly good. There were a handful of jarring parts, but there were just as many good parts. In particular was the wave at the end of the world, and a sea serpent. Both were very well made, and looked quite convincing. In addition, most the islands were very well made, except for Ramandus island which was wanting in realism.

        Conclusion: A fun film, at times touching. It is, in some ways, disappointing However, in other ways, it does the classic book justice, and to such an extent that I can happily conclude they outweigh the disappointments.




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