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I surprise myself and like it... a lot

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After being so disappointed in Prince Caspian and spending a year on this forum trying to convince other people to come around to my viewpoint, I decided that I was tired of being negative, and chose to take a different approach for VDT. Therefore, I approached it prepared to like the movie no matter what they had done to it (unless, of course, it was morally unsound). So, yes, that doubtless biased my opinion.

I watched it three times in the theater and found that I liked it better each time. This evening, I viewed it for the first time on DVD and found myself floating/dancing/singing for joy as the credits began to role.

Having heard many, many arguments against VDT, I would love to answer them all, but I don't think any of you have the time to read a review that long. :) So I shall restrain myself to my most basic thoughts after watching the movie this fourth time.

It would take all night to tell everything I dislike about VDT. From the cinematography to the plot I have scores of issues with it. But I couldn't care less about that. Yeah, that was a surprise to me too, but it is absolutely true.

As the movie began the music caught up my emotions and I felt a flutter of excitement and joy as Narnia called my name. The first ten minutes of the movie made me grin just as they have previously--it's like entering Narnia again as the waves begin to move and Eustace yells, "Agh, I'm infected with you!" Sure, there are a lot of problems with every scene in the movie, but how can I care about that when the characters are so real, so deep and true that I want to sing for joy? And the relationships! How can I begin to describe the depth and intricacies of the various relationships? As someone who has a wonderful brother myself, I love the depth of the loving sibling relationship between Edmund and Lucy. Though their relationship never gets the spotlight, its thread runs clear and true through the whole movie. From Edmund's not needing to answer Lucy's question about her looks, to Lucy's calling to Edmund first when the spell lifts from Dark Island, it is clear that they have a deep and caring relationship--they always think of each other first and pull together during emotional moments of any kind.
And then Caspian and Edmund... Wow, I don't know how to begin, to sum it up. Basically, there is a very deep fellowship and understanding between the two of them that is beautiful to behold as it matures. In the beginning, they have a connection that no one else has because they are both kings, so they can understand each other in a unique way. Even though there is some friction and envy on both sides, each of them strongly respects the other. After their conflict comes to a climax at Deathwater, they are united in being humbled, and desiring a better relationship with each other. From then on they work as a team, each watching out for and supporting the other physically, emotionally, and spiritually, so that in the end they are truly brothers in heart. Which is the heart of Narnia.

There are other characters and relationships that I could describe (indeed, I barely touched on those I did mention), but my point is that the whole movie is wrapped up in these wonderful Narnian characters, relationships, and growth, everything else being merely support for that. Therefore, one can argue about the Seven Swords and the Green Mist until one's fingers drop off, but for me it doesn't matter either way. The spirit of Narnia, the magic (not the "sword glowing blue" kind of magic, but the magic that makes Narnia Narnia) is there, and that is all that matters.

(That's my opinion anyway. :)

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