Ain’t it Cool News Posts Narnia Review

Ain’t It Cool News has posted a review written after the first public screening of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The review is very complimentary, but be warned that it contains some bad language. You can read it in full here. Thanks to jet_100mk for the heads up.

When I saw the trailer for the movie months ago, I wasn’t really sold on the talking animals. Some of the effects looked TOO clean if that makes any sense. They just looked like elements that could be so silly and absurd in a movie that they expect grownups to actually watch. But the CGI works light years better in the finished product. You completely buy into the Narnia universe, mainly because of the fantastic Mr. Tumnus who really comes alive as a character and not just a hoofed cartoon. Also, the CGI work on his legs is amazing; I found myself almost distracted by it (somewhat disturbingly), trying to figure out how they did it. Another questionable element from the trailer, the Beavers, managed to be a pleasant surprise. They add some humor (not in the Gimli falling off the horse way though). Also, the CGI on them was very good too.

Overall, it’s an excellent movie with some minor flaws which might even be touched up further before release I expect. The audience seemed to really dig it, so I expect we’ll see more Narnia movies in the future.