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Back to Narnia with a new trailer, and a 2010 movie update

After a troubled history with Disney, 20th Century Fox has picked up the Narnia series and is moving forward. This December we’ll be treated to the next installment in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  The first trailer has just been released…


Chronicles Of Narnia 3

It looks good to me, but I don’t remember many of the details of this story. My favorite was always the first book in the series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Interestingly, Fox has released this trailer to “faith-based” publications, such as WORLD magazine, before mainstream outlets in an effort to emphasize its commitment to Christian audiences (which make up the primary, and most ardent, fans of the books). It has also made of point of announcing that they are “sticking to the story as C.S. Lewis wrote it and leaving in place the spiritual themes that inspired him.” For those who are confused by that, given the presence of the spiritual themes in the first two movies, I think it’s coming from a diminishing of the books themes in the second film, to the point where the focus of the movie was altered. As one commenter on the WORLD article put it:

The problem isn’t so much that the movies haven’t stuck to the story – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was rather faithful to the story, but emphasized the wrong parts of the story as the climax. The problem has been ignorance of the themes of the story. One can rearrange details or flesh out characters on screen in ways that the book doesn’t do, but if one departs from the themes of the Narnia series, one loses the soul of Narnia. Prince Caspian lost this entirely, and became a story of revolution and not a story of restoration.

It’ll be interesting to see how this movie does. I’m positive I’ll be seeing it, but will it make enough money to secure the next movie’s place?

I also thought this would be a good time to see how I’m doing in getting through my 2010 movie list. So far I’ve seen 2 of the 4 movies that have been released that I wanted to see, Iron Man 2 and Prince of Persia. I enjoyed both. The Losers and the A-Team both received a poor response generally, though I still want to see both on DVD. Coming up quick: Toy Story 3, and Knight and Day, two movies that I put on the “maybe” pile, but which I’m leaning toward seeing if I can.

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4 comments to Back to Narnia with a new trailer, and a 2010 movie update

  • I thought that The Magician’s Nephew was the first in the series but now that I think about it, I’m guessing it was published after but set earlier.
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    Jeff says:

    You’re correct that Magician’s Nephew was first chronologically, but LWW was the first published.

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  • Jon

    The Narnia books are still among my all-time favorites, but for some reason I have never been able to get into the films. I have seen both of the films to date — first one was a mild disappointment, and I literally fell asleep in the middle of the second. I’m going to see Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and if that one lets me down too I am officially done with the Narnia films. I’ll spend my time re-reading the books instead.

    I had the chance to see Iron Man 2 in the theater as well. Not quite as good as the first, but still really enjoyable. Missed my chance to see Prince of Persia in the theater (captioned showings are only available for a few days at a time) — looking forward to it on DVD.

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    Jeff says:

    I had the same reaction to Iron Man 2.

    As usual, the books are superior to the movies – Narnia is no exception there. I’ve managed to enjoy both offerings so far, though while there were things I liked quite a bit in Caspian, I still think the first was superior – Caspian suffered also from appearing a bit derivative of LOTR visually. It wasn’t enough to annoy me, though… just noticeable.

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