So last night the wife and I and a bunch of friends went to go see the movie. We were supposed to see it on Friday night, but she wasn’t feeling well and we were both really tired after the jr high christmas party and i had a large paper to write for class this week. So we went to the same place last night. We saw it at the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd. This was Leah’s first time in Hollywood on foot (we had driven through a couple times). The theater is across the street from Graumann’s Chinese Theater (the one with the cement hand and footprints) and the Kodak Theater. Now this area has totally changed since I was there when Rick, Rachel, and I were viewing the college.
The El Cap is Disney owned, so pretty much any big Disney movie is showing there when its released. They had a ton of the props from the movie like Peter’s sword and shield, Susans bow, quiver, and arrows, Edmunds throne, Susan’s dress, the White Witch’s dress in her first scene along with a lot of other props and masks from a lot of the creatures. There was also this stone guy that was supposed to be like Tumnus, and it was only when you got up close to it, he’d move and you realize it was a person. And outside they had these foamy bubbles that look like snow falling.
Inside the theater they had stone statues on either side of the stage and a huge lions head that looked like it was ice above the stage. We weren’t able to get a seat on the first leve, but the balcony wasn’t bad. they had this little music and light show before the movie and then suddenly the snow stuff started shooting out of the walls and then the movie started. it was all very cool.
Ok, the movie. I loved it! I was on the corner of my seat the whole time. I was still kind of afraid that some of the graphics were going to be cheesy, but they weren’t. I was also afraid of some lines missing, but some were moved or tweaked a bit. Since the book isn’t that big, they had to expand it a lot, and it didn’t seem like they were abusive in what they added.
What I didn’t like. I thought they could have made Aslan a little more majestic and powerful. I kept waiting for him to roar and blow us out of the seats, but it never came. It might have been that the sound system in the old theater was as good as new theaters, but I dont’ think so. They moved my favorite line about Aslan where Lucy asks the beavers if he’s safe and they say, “Oh no! He’s not safe! But he’s good.” and put it at the end. I thought that could have been placed in the Beaver scene when they reveal the plot. And to replace the word ‘safe’ with ‘tame’ took something out. And at that point, Lucy already knew this so it wasn’t as significant.
So what were your favorite parts? Use the post below to write stuff about what you didn’t like or theological discussions about what was included and what C.S. Lewis wrote.