DIRECTOR: Michael Apted
NOT A PART OF MY COLLECTION
Will we be adding this to our collection? NO
The Chronicles Of Narnia series is not my favourite by any stretch. The child stars leave a lot to be desired, the stories think more of themselves that they should and if I hear Liam Neeson’s godlike ramblings anymore I’ll die! The first film was okay, long, drawn out and leaving a lot to be desired but still, acceptable.
The second was darker, just as long but seemed to pick up the pace a little. So when I heard that this film was shorter, clocking in at 107 minutes, with a faster pace and zippier tone I thought that this might be the one for me. I was very wrong! Besides feeling just as long, this had lost something that the others possessed if you’d believe such a thing. It’s childish moralising was still present as Lucy had an unhealthy desire to be like her elder sister, Susan, but must learn to accept herself… Yawn!
The new addition to children was that of Cousin Eustace who was by far the best thing in it and is the first child to clearly develop throughout the world of Narnia. And what happened to King Caspian’s Spanish Accent? This was also filmed in 3D which is clear by some of the cinematography, such as plenty of flying and pointing and the use the of snow for no justifiable reason other than snow looks great in 3D.
But I saw the 2D version and I can’t see how 3D would have improved this charmless film one jot. This is now becoming very tiresome, boring and misjudged as the format and tone has changed for no good reason and to no obvious result. In 2005, The Chronicles Of Narnia was clearly out to fill the void left by The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy but it most defiantly has not.
I hope that is the last visit to Narnia, but either way, the only way that I’ll ever see it again is when my kids make me watch it…