This movie is simply magnificent. From the fantastical creatures that inhabit the world of Narnia (C.S. Lewis borrows heavily from just about every culture’s mythology on Earch, from cyclopes to the phoenix), right down to each CG-hair in Aslan’s coat (that makes the lion in Jumanji look like 1st graders did it). The CG overall is impressive, although just slightly inferior to Lord of the Rings in quality (some of the creatures’ movements lack that natural fluidity). The pacing of the film is just the tiniest bit tedious, but the story is every bit as compelling and the battle scenes are as visually stunning as LOTR, if not as dark and gritty. The swordplay is not as meticulously choreographed, as in Peter’s final battle with the Witch they aren’t so much fighting as simply posing with their weapons, but this is a minor criticism. In general, this is a great film and should do well this Christmas season as a family-friendly children’s movie, replete with strong Christian symbology.
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