Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Now for the other side of this battle *cough*—heh heh, I mean, friendly discussion. Let me start with—what the heck?! Creepy green mist that is going to destroy the world? For serious? I understand the need to add a plotline, but wow. That just struck me as SO DUMB. Heh. Then there was the fact that they totally dwelt on small areas of the book, and pushed aside more important things (book-wise). In the book, the Sea Serpent battle was a pathetic little thing that was hardly enough to get you frightened before it was over. In the movie, it was the climax and it became this “conquer the monster to conquer the green mist to conquer evil” sort of thing. Gaahhh. And though the battle was cool and I really don’t blame them for making it bigger, it took away from the specialness of what really happened on Dark Island. Lucy calls for Aslan’s help, and an albatross appears and begins to sing in Aslan’s voice. No one could make out the words that he said except for Lucy, who heard as he circled around her, “Courage, dear heart.” One of the bestest lines for some people (like my friend sitting next to me gasping, “Oh my goodness, they left out my favorite line!!”)
And then (here I must put on a tragic face that shows my great dissatisfaction, for this was the most disappointing thing of all to me), there was Eustace and the whole dragon thing. He was a dragon for half the film. Whoa peeps, c’mon. That’s not right. That’s not even near right. Dragon Eustace is supposed to be depressed and horrified, not “Dang, I’m a dragon. I can breathe fire and fly and all that jazz. But hey, being a boy might be nice too, whenever.” The undragoning of Eustace was—oh. Ohhhh. So pitiful. It’s supposed to be one of the most powerful, beautiful parts of the book if not the series—the conversion story. He is supposed to be desperate, admit he can’t do it himself, realizes he needs Aslan. Instead, (no desperateness, just like—oh this was his reward for fighting so valiantly against the Sea Serpent) we get a little of Aslan pawing in the sand, and then a glowy, floaty dragon who ends up more like the beast in Beauty and the Beast when he turns back into a normal human. Whyyy??
Anyway, there were parts like that which greatly disappointed my extreme Narnia series fandom. Now I am going to sandwich my complaints with more things that I liked. Reepicheep was great. It was strange at first to hear him with a different voice, but they did a really good job of portraying his and Eustace’s animosity but eventual friendship. Eustace himself was wonderful for his part. When I first saw that Will Poulter had been cast, I wasn’t too impressed, but he did a really good job. Also, the Silver Sea (the place leading up to Aslan’s Country with all the lilies) was beautiful—I always loved to picture that from the book. The ship itself was also pretty sweet. And so was Edmund. And, one super exciting thing!! That line where Aslan says, “This is the very reason you came into Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there,” is one of the best and most meaningful in the book, and as the movie closed, I was afraid they would omit it. I was so happy and impressed that they left that in.
Thus, I have very mixed feelings about this movie. It was awesome and disappointing all at the same time. It drives me insane and yet I really liked it. Was it worth paying to go see in theatres? Hmmm, yes. We’re talkin’ Narnia here, so yes, of course. Would it be even better if C.S. Lewis himself were directing the movie? Uh, YEAH. Definitely and without a doubt. But even though I was upset by the fact that Lewis’ Narnia was not portrayed correctly at times, all the same, I have to come back to the fact that it’s Narnia after all, and I love that.