Wednesday, December 07, 2005

"Narnia" Big Screen Debut Pleases Critics

Reuters News Service (Los Angeles) writes: "It took C.S. Lewis five years to write 'Chronicles of Narnia,' one of the best-loved children's series of all time, and a half-century for his hiers to get it to the big screen but positively early reviews indicate the old fashion yarn made the journey safely."

Some of the early reviews that you can find on Rotten Tomatoes are:

"Magical and marvelous... cross between the story of Jesus and The Lord of the Rings." Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews

"After his splash with the hit animation Shrek, Adamson makes an ambitious leap with his big-screen adaption of Lewis' beloved book, a special-effects fare that suceeds in keeping its intimate family tale." Emanuel Levy,

"A visually impressive adaption of C.S. Lewis's classic tale, wich unfortunately slights the forgivness theme in favor of a big battle scene led by a not-very-Christlike Aslan the lion." Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Health

"The Movie remains faithful to the book in both tone and imagery." Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

Well, it looks like someone purchased a ticket for me to watch it this coming Friday at 4:40 p.m. at the famous El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd about a mile down the road from me. The El Capitan Theatre debuted on May 3, 1926, as "Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama." That evening, limousines pulled up before the theatre's elaborate cast-concrete Spanish Colonial exterior and deposited Hollywood royalty. It is a pretty impressive theater, right across from the Kodak Theater, where the Oscars are held now.


At 3:50 AM, Anonymous Jennifren said...

Hey JR, I'd be curious to hear your take on this movie.

I just blogged my own Narnia review at!1p3p-1Jc6IFgmJvpz9ziA7YQ!1066.entry

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Chuck said...

So how was the movie, buddy? Ya gotta let us Midwestern bumpkins in on what it's like hanging out at the El Capitan!

At 6:00 PM, Blogger J.R. Woodward said...


I really appreciated your review and will mention it in an upcoming blog about narnia.


I am hoping to blog about the movie soon with some personal pictures of some of the movie props that were at the theater. Look for it sometime this week.


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