I don't buy the allegory. I mean, we have a resurrected hero, but is he really a Christ figure? It seems more that Aslan took advantage of a loophole in the ancient magic, and just outsmarted the White Witch. There was no communing with a higher power, no sweep of the world's sins, just a self sacrifice and resurrection. Is that all you need for allegory anymore?
Which also leads to the question of the four rulers of Narnia--if humans are so scarce there, how will they produce heirs? Will they be crossing-breeding with the more humanistic creatures? Really, how does that work with the allegory?
But, these questions are questions about the book, so superfluous to the film itself. The film was fun to watch, plenty of great visual trickery and well handled computer graphics. The battle scenes obviously took heavy influence from Peter Jackson (and seemingly stole some shots from him as well), but that's appropriate since C.S. Lewis took heavy influence from Tolkien.
Tilda Swinton is perfectly cold and evil. She's on my list of actresses that I will watch any film that they are in. Icily regal and uncaring, and downright wicked when she having her way with the lion.
Now, the question: should I re-read the books that I haven't since I was a child, or should I just wait for the movies to come out?Where we saw it: Movie Theater | We deign to rate it: 82 outta 100