Continuing the A-Z Challenge from Arlee at Tossing it Out
Today is N - Narnia!
I did not grow up reading The Chronicles of Narnia. I guess I was busy reading my comic books at the time. But I have since read the series and did so before the first movie hit the screen. While I probably missed the excitement and thrill only a child could possess, I did enjoy the books and could easily see the Christian themes.
The first movie, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was breathtaking. They were faithful to the book and captured the scenes splendidly. The second movie fell short because they decided to make changes and add new scenes. Compared to the first one, it was disappointing. Due to its lackluster box office take (and what moron decided it was better suited as a summer release when the first one did fantastic as a Christmas release?) the story of Narnia almost ended.
However, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is still slated for a December 2010 release. It's directed by Michael Apted, who also directed The World is Not Enough and Thunderheart. I think a new director will be good for the series. (It certainly helped the third Harry Potter movie.) They did lose Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep's voice, but Bill Nighy has taken his place and will do a superb job I'm sure.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite of the books, so I'm looking forward to its release. (Maybe Dez can get a scoop on it for us!)
Are you a Narnia fan? Did you read the books as a kid? What have you thought of the movies so far?