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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Enter A World Of Fantasy (Through A Magic Wardrobe)

My family and I all went and saw this movie the other night, and I'm still buzzing.

Whoa.

The books that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia were seven of my favourite books growing up, and for someone who very-much loved (and still very-much loves) books a lot, I'm not being flippant when I say that at all. In fact, I'll go so far as to state categorically that these books were my ABSOLUTE favourite books throughout my life, and only now compete for attention with the likes of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and a select few others. But they will always hold the 'sentimental favourite' trophy, no matter what else I ever read.

Check out the magnificence of this beast:





When you've read and loved all seven books, that image (especially when really big in the large poster ads for the film) sends a shiver up your spine.

Now I know how all those Lord of the Ring dorks felt.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe took my breath away. I just hope it does well enough financially worldwide to warrant them making the other films in the series as well.

In other movie news: Wifey and I saw Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire yesterday afternoon, which was also very well done. Looking forward to what they do with the last three.

Also: Wifey and I want to see three or four other movies at the cinema during the holidays, but we'll have to see how we go. It's a bit crazy.

12 Comments:

At Thursday, December 29, 2005 3:34:00 pm, Blogger Magical_M said...

I think that's going to be my New Year's Day film...

My Boxing Day film this year was Good Night, and Good Luck. Can't rave about it enough... make sure its on your list!

 
At Thursday, December 29, 2005 4:53:00 pm, Blogger Ang said...

Narnia is going to be our New Year's Day film too! I am SO excited..I LURVED the books and even acted in the play in highschool!

I was a Lord of the Rings dork though too...maybe I am just a dork!

 
At Thursday, December 29, 2005 6:42:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Yes, Ang, ... maybe ...

Magical_M, I will look into this Good Night, and Good Luck film of which you speak. It's not on our list at the moment, but that's only because I haven't heard about it. Cheers!

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Also, a tip to all: Don't leave when the credits start. It's not finished until you see the 'epilogue' part, which comes on after the cast credits have rolled. So stick around to see that bit as well.

As you may recall, I've already stated on this blog that I stay to watch the credit sequences for movies in the cinema anyway, but as soon as the credits started with this one, the lights came up - and hundreds of people started flooding out the doors. Then, after a few moments, the epilogue part came on, and I muttered to Wifey (in reference to the masses who had already left and were in the process of leaving), "Idiots!".

Felt quite proud of myself. Reward the faithful credit-watchers; that's what I'd do too, if I was making movies.

... WHEN I make movies.

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I should also state that the fault for this having happened at all is partly that of the cinema's anyway. If the movie's actually over, sure; bring up the lights so people leaving can do so safely and without fear of bringing a law suit against the cinema for falling in the dark (although if the movie hadn't finished, the lights shouldn't be expected to be up yet, so people leaving early are doing so at their own risk anyway - just as they would if they nick out to the toilet or something during the film).

So I was unimpressed that the cinema brought up the lights before the film had actually finished. Just stick around until you hear the words 'Keep your eyes open.'

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At Thursday, December 29, 2005 10:38:00 pm, Blogger Magical_M said...

If/when you see The Producers don't leave before the credits have finished. Apart from some funny out-takes there is a truly classic line of song from Will Ferrell which will have you in stitches.

David Stratton was at the special screening I saw and he stayed right to the very end too. As I walked out past him he said "What a shame most people won't see that".

I knew there was a reason I like that man. He's a fellow credit watcher.

There just aren't enough of us in the world.

 
At Thursday, December 29, 2005 10:59:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Sexy beard, too.

 
At Thursday, December 29, 2005 11:55:00 pm, Blogger Chai said...

*possibly spoiler alert... but I dont think so*

Man... I saw it up until the bit where the prof says, "you'll get back in when you stop looking?" but had to leave then cos the kid had to pee.
So what happens after that?

 
At Friday, December 30, 2005 2:15:00 am, Blogger BEVIS said...

The wardrobe explodes and they all die in a bloody mess of limbs flying everywhere.

It's a good one for young kids.

Oh, ... sorry ... *possible spoiler alert*

:)

I actually think you saw the part I'm talking about, then. It came on only after the cast list had scrolled - not the entire credit sequence. The "first ending" (if you like) ended with the Professor saying 'Try me.' The complete ending ended with him saying 'Keep your eyes open.'

If you want to email me, I'll describe it in detail, Chai - I don't like to give out the endings to movies on a public forum. (If it turns out it's not the bit you already saw, you didn't miss all that much, really - but it was a nice little epilogue that closes the story off properly ... and is very similar to how the book does it.)

My email address, which is provided in my blog menu as well, is muppet_bevis[at]hotmail[dot]com

 
At Friday, December 30, 2005 7:18:00 am, Blogger Chai said...

Many thanks... sounds like we did catch all of it...
Our opinion is that this is a better movie than HP4, in case you were wondering.

 
At Friday, December 30, 2005 9:38:00 pm, Blogger Jobe said...

All the magnificence in the world couldn't stop it from dying.

Shame.

 
At Friday, December 30, 2005 10:59:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Jobe, did you keep watching after the death scene?

And Chai, I'm glad to hear someone else say it. I really like the whole Harry Potter franchise of books and films, but I agree that TCON:TLTWATW far outshone HPATGOF on this occasion.

What catchy acronyms!

 
At Saturday, December 31, 2005 9:32:00 am, Blogger sheriff of nothing said...

I am up for some Chicken Little Action tomorrow...

 
At Saturday, December 31, 2005 12:38:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

hey ho. i haven't read all of the comments cause i don't want to spoil it when i watch any of these movies. i want to see producers too. we saw it as a trailer when we went and saw fun with dick and jane. (pretty crap by the way, but you just have to marvel at mr carrey and his physicality.)

also i want to see narnia. i also loved the books when i was young. like you bevis, i was into them and not lord of the rings.

it's annoying me the whole christian allegory thing. not the allegory specifically, or that it may or may not exist, but the media focus on it. i knew cs lewis wrote on religion, i have a non-fiction book he wrote. what's the big deal? why can't it just be a movie and people take what they want from it.

did you know aslan is turkish for lion? they use it alot as a term of endearment too, like "aslan benim" which means my lion, as a father slapping a son on the back type thing.

hope you are having a great holiday.

 

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