The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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From the book of the same name by C. S. Lewis

Four English children travel to a land of magic and have many adventures.

Okay, does that ever sound lame? but for those of you who read the book, you know that this is a wonderful story…and for those of you who haven’t, I will simply pass over you with a dignified silence that (I hope) will show no vestige of my contempt. Oops, I’m channeling Mr. Otter…

Anyway. This is one of those books that if you read it as a kid, you love it…but most of the people I know who read it as an adult just don’t have the same feelings about it. Me, I read it over and over and over, the whole series, still love them.

And thus (to get back to the movie) you can understand how I was a little worried about seeing same on the big screen…there have been a few cartoon adaptations and after school specials based on these books, but this is a big-budget movie, with many egos attached, and many opportunities for messing about with a good story…

But no. It was really, really good. I could quibble about small things, like Jadis’ dress (she was supposed to be really sexy, why did they put her in a plaster dress?) and the fact that Lucy was a blonde in the books…but damn, they really got it right…not only the stuff they left in, but the way it was done: Aslan is wonderful (voiced by Liam Neeson, Serious Honey); the Talking Animals, who managed not to look stupid; Tumnus the Faun, ditto;…they even left Santa Claus in, and kept it from being childish.

I have heard a rumor that the same people will be making all seven books into movies, which I am skeptical of: not only is there nothing on IMDB for the next one being in preproduction (and the same four kids are in several of the books, so it’d have to be made soon) but the next book, if you go by the OLD numbering system* is Prince Caspian, which was my least favorite of the series, to tell you the truth…I always zoomed ahead to Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was great.

Read the book, see the movie, enjoy them both.

*When I read them as a kid, they were numbered in the order they were published in:

  1. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magicians Nephew
  7. The Last Battle

But now they are numbered as follows:

  1. The Magicians Nephew
  2. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle

And if you’re interested in the discussion, here’s Wikipedia’s article on the series, which includes both sides of the issue.I’m for reading them in the original order, myself, but I’m a creature of habit.

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