The Chronicles of Narnia
Fantasy is made flesh -- at least the CGI kind --
in the film version of C.S. Lewis' children's classic, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe." What is lightly sketched in the novel, where much is left to the imagination, blossoms into full-blown, richly detailed life in the movie. Under the direction of Andrew Adamson, co-director of the two "Shrek" cartoons, the blend of live action and CGI is striking. In battle scenes, a few movements do remind you of video-game action. Otherwise, the photo-realism of thousands of creatures and their amazingly organic movements, especially when mixed in with actual locations and real actors, is a remarkable achievement.
"The Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter" film series have shown there is a huge hunger for movie franchises based on fantasy literature. Disney and Walden Media's reported $150 million gamble on this 55-year-old book, the first in a series of seven that explore the alternate universe of Narnia, certainly has the potential to become a megahit. Hard to say what the impact will be of Disney's acknowledged campaign to get out churchgoers for "Narnia," which is clearly an allegory of the Christ story, but it can't hurt. Certainly children will be enthralled by the journey through Narnia and this thrill should extend to adults, too.
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