Saturday, October 08, 2005

Narnia is safe, it seems...

Amy Wellborn notes that Barbara Nicolosi has seen the first movie of the Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and she gives it a big thumbs up.

Most important in Ms. Nicolosi's report is the fact that she compares it to Peter Jackson's version of the Lord of the Rings. I remember when the Lord of the Rings was being produced and the fans for the most part were so giddy that they didn't care if any changes to the plot were being made. As if their glee for the opportunity defeated any reason for wanting the opportunity in the first place (gee, kinda reminds me of the Miers nomination), many fans simply didn't care if entire characters or the plot were re-written by Jackson. When specific changes started to filter through to the fans, such as Arwen's proposed expanded role, Purists rightly went ballistic, and Peter Jackson eventually cut some of his changes out. Still, while certain parts of the trilogy are enjoyable and faithful to the book, the changes make the movies as a whole unwatchable to me.

But Ms. Nicolosi notes that "contrary to Peter Jackson's agenda-aversion manhandling of Tolkien's classic, here, the tone of LW&W is as close to the book as probably could have been achieved. All the lines the Christians are worrying about are in there. All the scenes you want to see are here and lovingly rendered. So everybody can relax and get ready to enjoy..."

Awesome. I can't wait to see it.

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