I finally went to see the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. For some weird reason, I always put off seeing the movies that really interest me. I am not exactly certain why I have this odd habit, other that perhaps I am afraid of being disappointed.
In any event, I liked the new movie version for the most part. My major concern going in was that the Christ allegory was going to be watered down or else the plot was going to be butchered. There was a little plot and dialogue finagling, but on the whole, I thought it did not stray from the book too far.
I did a radio version of this play when I was in college, and I guess my producer tendencies are showing. I was not really fond of the casting. The 4 child were well done, for the most part. I did think Peter and Susan were a bit too old, but other than that, they did well. I thought the guy that played Mr. Tumnus was, frankly, a clown. And I didn't think the wolves sounded like wolves. And I thought the White Witch was just not that scary, and her performance was somewhat wooden. I did enjoy the Beavers' banter although a lot of it was not from the book.
I still think that the BBC mini-series of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that came out in the late '80s was much better.