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Zigwamo Says, in 2-4-2010 at 09:35:04 from     

This story is one of the worst “fantasy” stories ever. It is completely unoriginal and is a hodge podge of borrowed fantasy and mythological creatures set in a preachy judeo-christian story line. Don’t waste your time with the books or the movies and look to Lord of The Rings or Harry Potter for original (not to mention secular) fantasy and escape.
Rating: 1 / 5

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spongeworthy Says, in 2-4-2010 at 12:24:52 from     

Wow, what an awful movie. With the exception of the little girl who plays Lucy, the kids are as interesting as oatmeal. They’re just frightfully proper English children completely void of personality. The special effects are cheap. The director even cheats as far as Mr. Tumnus is concerned. He’s a faun, so he ha a goat’s legs. But he’s filmed almost entirely from the waist up so they don’t have to worry about how to show his legs. I didn’t realize at first that the old dude was Santa Claus. He doesn’t look anything like any of the popular portrayals of him. He looks more like the drunk uncle who embarrasses everyone during Thanksgiving dinner. The scenes that take place in the snowy wood were obviously shot indoors. It couldn’t look more fake. The beavers were so annoying. And so poorly animated! The director did the Shrek movies but he can’t draw a giant rat? Liam Neeson’s voice simply did not work. It doesn’t sound like it could come from a (badly computer generated) lion. And poor Tilda Swinton, stuck wearing that silly piece of plastic ice on her head. It looks like something you’d have to wear at a party because of some fraternity prank. Her performance is the only good thing in the movie. She’s fierce and compelling and sexy.

As far as the Christian angle, it’s pointless to look for any deeper meanign, because it’s so obvious and heavy-handed and simplified.
Rating: 1 / 5

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sunny smiles Says, in 2-4-2010 at 14:23:13 from     

This was a big disappointment. I can not believe how others have rated it highly.
Rating: 1 / 5

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Lawrence Brown Says, in 2-4-2010 at 15:32:43 from     

For what should have been a sweet movie, this was too mean. Peter was too mean to his little brother Edmond, for example, and Beaver was too mean to his wife Queenie. I’m not entertained by squabbling.

Obviously, this is a story preaching a Christian viewpoint. In the Christian worldview, pride is a key offense against God. Yet this story plays to the viewer’s pride by enticing him with the promise of gaining royalty, by constantly addressing Edmond, a symbol for all of God’s children, as “Your Majesty.”

Britains (the author, C. S. Lewis, lived in Great Britain) or other cultures may fantasize about being royalty, but to this American’s ears addressing anyone as “Your Majesty” sounds offensive. All men are created equal, you have to earn your own way, you’re not born into it. This is another way in which the movie lost my support.

The mixing of fantasy and religion was the key offense of this story. It has the effect of elevating secular mythology to the same level as Christian concepts. If you are trying to teach Christian truth it seems you would want to create as large a separation as possible between truth and fiction, but this story blurs the two and melds them into one. This story puts Santa Clause at the same level as Jesus Christ.

The movie makes liberal use of spook house style startles, for example when Beaver comes out of the woods. That’s formulaic, not art. You build up tension by building up the music, have a character look suspiciously about at some small sound in the dark, then *BOO* you have an orchestra hit while the cat jumps out at you. That may be ok for young people, but I expect much more than that of a movie director.

On the good side, the special effects and the digital animation are excellent, the animated lion is excellent, and the cinematography is impressive.

I liked the actress that played the little girl, I thought she did a nice job.

Rating: 3 / 5

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Seth H. Torok Says, in 2-4-2010 at 15:49:38 from     

honestly, this movie was just awful. I was pretty pysched to see it, in fact i went to the midnight showing. The acting was awful, the special effects were horrendous (it was like watching the scene in King Kong when Adrian Brody is running under the dinosaurs, except for every shot). there were obvious blue/green screens that totally took me out of Narnia. The Ice Witch was played by Tilda Swinton, the same actress that played a man and a women in 1993’s Orlando, so with that in the back of my head she was real annoying. The final battle scene was so terrible i felt like i was watching a remake of King Arthur (which until Narnia had the worst battle scenes in movie history). I no its Disney, but that is the point. This film should have been done by a company who wouldnt ruin the film with campy acting and conservative battles.

It’s a travesty that people consider this the “new Lord of the Rings” because it is as close to Lord of the Rings as Blair Witch 2 is to Citizen Kane. Of Course there are fantasy creatures and things of that sort, but please this movie is in no way similar to Lord of the Rings. I recommend that no one buys this and hope you wait for it to come to television. Even then I’d advise you to change the channel.
Rating: 1 / 5

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