January 11, 2006
I am very hungry right now.
And I have a headache.
Just thought you would all like to know.
Oh an by the way, I did finally see the Chronicles of Narnia movie and it was incredible. I couldn't believe just how much I adored this movie. I actually watched it through tears for the entire second half. (Something strange happens to me when something that was special to me in my childhood is realized well on the big screen. I cried watching Spiderman too.)
I know this sounds almost. . .well. . . blasphomous or something, but I enjoyed this film more than any of the Lord of the Rings movies. I'm not saying it's a better movie, just that I enjoyed it more.
I'm so glad that they played it straight and kind of old-fashioned. I'm glad the Pevensie kids weren't hip and cool and making clever modern self-aware comments (like. . . Shrek movies). I was impressed that this film didn't try to be Lord of the Rings. The colors were saturated and bright, creating a real fantasy world. And I've heard that the kids weren't such good actors -- I thought they were fantastic.
While watching this movie, I was thinking, "How does this film not make a billion dollars?" It's extremely entertaining, appealing to fantasy geeks, yet still appropriate to families and ever manages to pull in "The Passion of the Christ" crowd. And I was right, because it's box office run has been very impressive. I don't think anyone predicted it would beat Kong or be nipping at the heels of such a mammoth franchise like Harry Potter.
Well, actually I have heard rumblings of one particular group who won't watch it. Those who complain it's "The Passion of the Lion" or "a thinly veiled Christian allegory" that people should avoid.
To those people, I would like to give a hearty "Screw you." Do you know that in this movie there is a battle where a Rhino fights? A Rhino!
And a phoenix, and a griffin, and white tigers, and a minotaur, and fauns, and cheetahs. And you're going to miss out on that visual awesomeness because you are somehow offended by someone innocent sacrificing so that someone guilty can be freed? Screw you. Do you know that this is a good story. Do you know if you wanted to avoid all stories with a hint of "Christian allegory" you would have to not watch Titanic (where Jack gave up his life for Rose), the Matrix (Neo=Jesus), Braveheart (Martydom), Star Wars (Kenobi willingly gives up his life to save Luke and "becomes stronger than you can ever imagine"). Many many films play upon this theme because it's an important theme in life. Since when is the idea of sacrifice and redemption one to be avoided? Screw that.
Posted by jason on January 11, 2006 09:00 AM
look, i am a bit of a historian of christian and non-christian
musichistory and i have to tell you, i looked into it and jesus was not a lion. case closed. pretty simple, really. i though it was a great movie as well and seriously thought the witch was uncomfortably hot and sexy. guess it's that authority thing.
Posted by: joshua Latshaw on January 11, 2006 02:22 PM
i mean history. darn it. please edit that! josh
Posted by: joshua Latshaw on January 11, 2006 02:23 PM
she was the angel "gabriel" in the movie "constantine."
Posted by: Anonymous on January 11, 2006 02:50 PM
AND BADGERS! dont forget them!
Posted by: Poncho on January 11, 2006 05:31 PM
have you seen the movie serenity yet? you should.
Posted by: jd on January 11, 2006 11:08 PM
I agree, JD. Awesome.
Posted by: Xerxes on January 12, 2006 03:03 AM
Josh, I found the witch's dwarf slave uncomfortably hot and sexy. What does that mean?
Posted by: dee on January 12, 2006 07:29 PM